Acclaimed anthropologist, historian, and Harvard Professor Michael Puett’s class “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory” is among the most popular three courses at Harvard — and it’s not hard to imagine why. In this IVY Ideas Night, Puett exposed us to exciting new ways of thinking and revealed what Chinese history and culture can teach us about living the “good life.”

Drawing on his extensive research and insights from his latest book, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, Puett shows how to apply deep philosophical ideas in our own lives. Lovers of culture, history, and philosophy will delight!

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, often considered among the most beloved professors there. He is the recipient of a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.


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