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The Path

A New Way to Think About Everything

by Michael Puett Author · Christine Gross-Loh Author


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Harvard's most popular professor explains how thinkers from Confucius to Zhuangzi can transform our lives

The 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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Penguin Books Ltd
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Christine Gross-Loh (Author)

Christine Gross-Loh has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and the Huffington Post, and has made numerous television appearances. She is the author of Parenting without Borders.

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Michael Puett (Author)

Michael Puett is Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University and has lectured widely at the world's leading universities. His course in Chinese Philosophy has been so successful that his classes have been moved to the largest, 1000-seat lec...

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