On episode 42, we welcome philosopher Bryan Van Norden to discuss Confucian ethics.
Confucian philosophy emphasizes the role that relationships play in our self-conceptions and self-esteem. Interconnectivity, rather than rugged individualism, defines our characters, providing us with a lens into who we are.
Bryan Van Norden taught us about the importance of cultivating benevolence, propriety, wisdom, and righteousness as a way to become better people.
Living a good life, according to Confucius, means one of responsibility and duty, fulfilling your roles and being an active member of your community.
Contributing to the book “How to Live a Good Life”, Norden has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Stanford University, both in philosophy.
His primary area of specialization is Chinese philosophy, but he also has broad interests in Chinese literature and Western philosophy, including ethics.
Norden has published ten books on Chinese and comparative philosophy, including Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (2017), and most recently Classical Chinese for Everyone: A Guide for Absolute Beginners (2019).
He has also written a Ted-Ed video on Confucius that has half a million views