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Xunzi on Crafting Ourselves

Xunzi on Crafting Ourselves

Xunzi was a Confucian philosopher who argued human beings were bad by nature. He advocated self-cultivation to correct our natural shortcomings.

Aztec Philosophy and the Slipperiness of the World

Aztec Philosophy and the Slipperiness of the World

Aztec philosophy tells us that the world is slippery, and that if we don't want to lose our footing, we need all the wisdom we can get.

Free and Easy Rambling With Zhuangzi

Free and Easy Rambling With Zhuangzi

The ancient Chinese philosopher who advocated uselessness and free-and-easy wandering.

Arete of Cyrene and the Smooth Motion of the Flesh

Arete of Cyrene and the Smooth Motion of the Flesh

Arete of Cyrene was an early woman philosopher who was important in the establishment of the Cyrenaic school, which emphasised the centrality of bodily pleasure to the good life.

The Future of Work (Work #7)

The Future of Work (Work #7)

In our final class, we're looking back at the last six weeks, and looking forward to ask about the future of work.

Mencius and the Sprouts of Virtue

Mencius and the Sprouts of Virtue

Mencius was a Confucian philosopher who argued for the inherent goodness of human nature, and who insisted that good government is about nourishing this inherent goodness.