Edward Slingerland




Edward Slingerland is Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds adjunct appointments in Philosophy and Psychology. His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States (5th-3rd c. B.C.E.) Chinese thought, religious studies, cognitive linguistics, ethics, and the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences. Prof. Slingerland has published multiple academic monographs and edited volumes, as well as over twenty referred articles in top journals in a wide variety of fields, and is currently Director of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC) and the Database of Religious History (DRH). His latest work, a trade book entitled Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity (Crown/Random House, 2014), integrates ancient Chinese and modern scientific understandings of spontaneity.

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Oct 25th 2016

An introduction to early Chinese thought, exploring connections with Western philosophy, spirituality, mindfulness, modern science and everyday life. This course is designed to give students a thorough introduction to early (pre-221 BCE) Chinese thought, its contemporary implications, and the role of religion in human well-being. Important themes to be discussed include the ideal of wu-wei or “effortless action,” the paradox of how one can consciously try not to try, mindfulness techniques and self-cultivation, models of the self and society, rationality versus emotions, trust and human cooperation, and the structure and impact of different spiritual and political ideals.

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Sep 6th 2016

An introduction to early Chinese thought, exploring connections among Chinese thought and Western philosophy, modern science and everyday life.

Average: 8.2 (5 votes)