Find Meaning in Tradition

Apr 9

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One response to the question of where to seek meaning in life is simply: tradition! In this class, we’ll explore this method, and ask whether, and to what extent, tradition can be a source of meaning in life. To do this, we will turn to the Confucian tradition in classical Chinese philosophy, which placed a strong emphasis on familial obligations and conventional rituals as important ingredients in a good life.

By the end of this session, you will:

  1. Understand the Confucian concept of “filial piety” and critically assess arguments for its importance in a good life.
  2. Understand the two aspects of the Confucian concept of li — “ritual” and “propriety” — and their effects in a person’s life.
  3. Reflect on your own relationship with your parents, and on the role rituals play in your life, in light of these Confucian ideas.

Read This:

Primary: Angle – Growing Moral (excerpts)

Secondary: Confucianism and Respect: Tradition & Elders

Do This:


  • Quiz TKTK

Suggested: Were you raised to “respect your elders”? Do you think kids these days need more or less of such respect?

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