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Profs & Pints: Ancient Chinese Philosophy
February 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0$2 – $12
Profs and Pints presents, “Ancient Chinese Philosophy,” with Justin Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University and scholar of ancient China and the Silk Road.
Tuesday, February 5th ushers in the Chinese New Year. Why not put yourself in the right mindset with a Profs and Pints talk on ancient Chinese philosophers, who left an enduring legacy still with us today?
Your guide to understanding these leading thinkers will be Justin Jacobs, who previously left Profs and Pints audiences spellbound with his talks on the Silk Road and “the real Indiana Jones.”
He’ll introduce some of the most important thinkers from ancient China—including Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Xunzi, Zhuangzi, and Han Feizi—and he’ll discuss how they tried to change the world they lived in. He’ll examine what they had to say about the meaning of life, the role of the state, the importance of civilization, relationships among people, and how to gain and maintain power.
His talk also will cover one of the most violent and innovative periods in Chinese history—the Warring States era of 475–221 B.C.—and how its conclusion ushered in the age of empires in East Asia.
You’ll enter the Year of the Pig with the insights of a great professor, starting it off right.