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The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything

The Path A New Way to Think About Everything Harvard s most popular professor explains how thinkers from Confucius to Zhuangzi can transform our livesThe first book of its kind The Path draws on the work of the great but largely unknown Chinese

  • Title: The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything
  • Author: Michael Puett Christine Gross-Loh
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Harvard s most popular professor explains how thinkers from Confucius to Zhuangzi can transform our livesThe first book of its kind, The Path draws on the work of the great but largely unknown Chinese philosophers to offer a profound guide to living well By explaining what these teachings reveal about subjects from decision making to relationships, it challenges some of oHarvard s most popular professor explains how thinkers from Confucius to Zhuangzi can transform our livesThe first book of its kind, The Path draws on the work of the great but largely unknown Chinese philosophers to offer a profound guide to living well By explaining what these teachings reveal about subjects from decision making to relationships, it challenges some of our deepest held assumptions, forcing us to unlearn many ideas that inform modern society The way we think we re living our lives isn t the way we live them.The authors show that we live well not by finding ourselves and slavishly following a grand plan, as so much of Western thought would have us believe, but rather through a path of self cultivation and engagement with the world Believing in a true self only restricts what we can become and tiny changes, from how we think about careers to how we talk with our family, can start to have powerful effects that will open up constellations of new possibilities.Professor Michael Puett s course in Chinese philosophy has taken Harvard by storm In The Path, he collaborates with journalist and author Christine Gross Loh to make this timeless wisdom accessible to everyone for the very first time.

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    1. It's clear why the Harvard course upon which this book is based ranks among the best-loved classes at the university. This is a powerful and inspiring introduction to intellectual history text, and I was particularly impressed by the causal connections drawn between Chinese thought and the Enlightenment in the West. Including newbie-friendly discussions of Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, the anonymous text The Inward Training, Zhuangzi, and Xunzi that provide plenty of springboards for further/deeper [...]

    2. This unusual gem is difficult to classify! It's easier to say what it's not: definitely not a dry philosophical tome or a comprehensive guide to ancient Chinese thinkers. Also not a run-of-the-mill, feel-good, self-help manual. Instead it answers a need that, as a parent and educator, I see all around me. Now that many of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs met, we have the time and energy to think about the meaning of our lives - to worry about authenticity and purpose, and to try t [...]

    3. My kid opened my mail - sent me a picture of this book - and told me he read two pages and it is very good so far. :)

    4. The Path deals with two subjects I’m very interested in, Chinese history / philosophy and questioning how we should live, but sadly it left me distinctly uninspired.The arguments and advice do not work coherently throughout the book - I think it would have worked better to consider fewer philosophers but in more depth as the analysis of different schools of thought seemed pretty glancing. At times Chinese history was viewed through very rose tinted glasses, for example they promote Chinese leg [...]

    5. 2.5 starsAn ultimately disappointing book. It promises to change the reader's way of looking at life and thus transform how we live through highlighting the thinking of the ancient Chinese philosophers.However, although the authors do accessibly summarise the approach of each of these key philosophers and try to place this within the context of our own 21st century lives, once you've read about each of them, that's the end of the book. Given that each of them had different approaches to offer, I [...]

    6. This book is not what I expected- It's a really well written philosophy book that offers great day to day advice. I hate self help books cause they always seem either so obvious or don't really acknowledge how complicated life is, but The Path avoids both of those problems and is just really enlightening. So glad I read it.

    7. I was looking for an introductory book on Chinese philosophy this book seemed to be the right one.Unfortunately, this book failed to provide sufficient historical information on the works and lives of the Chinese philosophers, moreover, the book could also not provide any satisfactory philosophical ideas, especially not about "the good life". Instead, the book turned into a typical american "how to be successful" kind of book with some references to Chinese philosophers.

    8. This is a short, stimulating book that offers an interesting perspective on the challenge of effectuating individual and societal change. Here in the West, we have been stuck in a linear, 'managerial' way of thinking. We routinely rely on the assumption that when we push button A, this will have predictable effect B. This is true for us individuals who are diligently working on our project of self-realisation, assuming that there is a stable, authentic core to our personality that is waiting to [...]

    9. I was annoyed by the tone of the book, sometimes so much that I had to put it down for a couple of days. The cover states it is based on a university course, so i would have at least expected some in depth analysis, a deeper description of the philosophers and maybe some historical context, or a more serious attempt of linking and comparing it to modern ideas. But instead, the book doesn't get any further than 'we in the west live our lives like' and 'if we want to become a better human being.' [...]

    10. Really recommend this one. I’m usually not a big fan of typical self-help books that wish to ‘change the way you think’ as a lot of them are patronising and ‘work’ only until you put the book down. However, I do enjoy quality pop philosophy and The Path is exactly that. Even though I should say I'm not an expert - I switched my Eastern Philosophy class to Hegel (why oh why did I ever do that) and can’t say I’ve encountered the original texts in an academic setting. Take note that t [...]

    11. This book gave me a new perspective with which to view life's challenges. I gained lots of valuable insights from the Chinese way of viewing the world which is so different from the Western tradition. This book is mildly anti-Christian but I did not find it offensive. At one point the author used some politically-charged examples from the West to illustrate how a famous person was influential by being weak. These were interesting but a little bit challenging to listen to without resistance simpl [...]

    12. I found this read via a LinkedIn article. Disappointing purchase, book was all over the place and lacked substance. Yadda, yadda, yadda to page 100, then a couple of unoriginal notions which stirred my interesten nothing.

    13. 3.5 stars I thought this was interesting enough. It was clearly written and there were lots of practical examples given to illustrate the different philosophers' views and approaches. I knew very little about any of them. The one that I'm interested in finding out more about is Mencius

    14. A decent informal introduction to classical Chinese philosophy, but rather thin. I would recommend reading most of the thinkers presented here before looking at a treatment like this, simply because the originals are fairly accessible, especially Confucius and Mencius. Laozi and Zhuangzi are less so, but that is due to their mysticism rather than any inherent difficulty in reading them. It's not like reading Kant or Hegel. It's easy to see why Puett's class is so popular though -- he simplifies [...]

    15. There is a particular talent involved in being able to connect multiple centuries-old philosophies from a culture completely different from ours, and make them timely, relevant, and applicable. This is the kind of book that you read a few pages at a time, so as to take each nugget of wisdom out, and truly mull it over, to make life connections of your own. I highly recommend the audiobook; listening to Puett and Gross-Loh read their own words lends emphasis to some things that reading the book d [...]

    16. I really wanted to like this book. And in some ways I found it of value and worth reading: the sections that deal with the ancient Chinese philosophers were very good. The authors bring these old thinkers to life, and they do a reasonably good job of explaining their philosophies. But when the book veers into its stated purpose (i.e to "teach us about the good life"), it becomes a poorly written and often incoherent self-help book. Neither of the authors is a psychologist, and it shows. One exam [...]

    17. "But remember that who you think you are - and especially what you think is "you" when you are making decisions - is usually just a set of patterns you've fallen into. Just as you can become a pessimistic person simply because you think of yourself as pessimistic, you can make decisions that shape who you become, just because you think they reflect who you are. But when you do this, you bought yourself and before you even begun.""Dying in shackles means failing to respond properly to what befall [...]

    18. This little book is such a gem. I discovered it by accident, at Harvard Book Store, where the author gave a talk. I knew him from before (praised as one of the most popular Harvard professors), having heard one of his lectures and thinking about it for months afterwards, and so I was very much looking forward to reading the book. It's nothing short of spectacular. Michael Puett is such a wonderful human being (before being a wonderful lecturer and philosopher), and in my view, he is simply using [...]

    19. When I requested this book I didn’t know it was based on a Harvard class that has become extremely popular. Knowing that makes my quibbles with this book make sense. Most of it did read like a not terribly interesting, slightly meandering textbook with a detached voice, and a bullet-mark narration. I guess the information was interesting, in a way, but it wasn’t presented as interesting. I imagine the class itself, with an actual presentation, visual aids, and discussion would be a lot more [...]

    20. Awful. An anti Buddhism rant. Maybe I'm being harsh but this book brought out very strong reactions. The author spent much time mocking Buddhism and clearly knows very little about it. Rife with unproven claims like meditation can't bring peace outside of the meditation mat. Umm, yes it can and does. How about googling some meditation studies, oh Harvard educated ones?? Seems unprofessional and unusual to find in a book on spirituality. Completely turned me off to reading anything more about Chi [...]

    21. The Path by Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh – how to turn your life aroundin: theguardian/books/201Can Harvard’s most popular professor (and Confucius) radically change your life?in: theguardian/world/201

    22. This book is organizationally and conceptually similar to a book by Edward Slingerland that I reviewed recently entitled “Trying Not to Try.” I’ll first discuss how the books are alike before differentiating them as I believe they are both worth reading. First, both books essentially look at how the ideas of ancient Chinese philosophers—both Confucian and Taoist—can be put into practice to improve one’s life in the modern world. Second, the heart of each work consists of chapters dev [...]

    23. This book, based on one of the most popular courses at Harvard, lays out the basics of the major schools of Chinese philosophy. Much to think about. Much to apply in our lives.Quotes: ---"Confucian goodness is not something you can define in the abstract. It's the ability to respond well to others; the development of a sensibility that enables you to behave in ways that are good for those around you and to draw out their own better sides."---"Confucius would likely remind us that there is a sing [...]

    24. In combination with Hinton's "Hunger Mountain," this book positions itself to deconstruct many thought processes that the Western literary, poetic, and philosophical/spiritual tradition is based on. I would say it's "self-helpy," but frankly, the notions of Buddhism explored throughout some of this text admits there is no self. So in that way, the book seeks to cultivate goodness—to create as-if moments of ritual and meaning, but also within the context of the world your real life. It is very [...]

    25. I liked the way ancient Chinese philosophers emphasized on practical aspects. While western philosophers proposed grand systemic revolutions, Chinese philosophers are inclined towards ways to improve systems using small changes. Quite illuminating.

    26. Enkele westerse mythes:- Tijdperk van ongekende vrijheid. Ook: Narcisme, onbehagen, angst, ecologische en humanitaire rampen.- We bepalen de koers van ons leven zelf. De meeste filosofie heeft geen relevantie voor dagelijks leven. Meeste beslissingen zijn niet rationeel maar intuïtief.- Wie we werkelijk zijn, ligt in onszelf verborgen. Mensen zijn niet één homogeen wezen, meervoudige vermogens en veranderlijk in de tijd.Westerse filosofie: grote onpraktische verstandelijke levensvragen: wat i [...]

    27. I received a copy of this book through the GoodReads first-reads program, in exchange for an honest review.FULL DISCLOSURE: I requested this book out of a desire to learn more about philosophy in general. I've no great background knowledge of philosophy, though I do have an abiding interest in mythology and anthropology. As such, I entered into reading this book with only recollections of classes of comparative religion, and no real knowledge of Chinese history beyond a brief history of how hand [...]

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