Taoist Philosopher Honored for WT’s Great Books Series in March – The PRAIRIE

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CANYON, Texas — Modern applications of the works of an ancient Chinese philosopher will be the focus of the March episode of West Texas A&M University’s Great Books series.

Dr. Daniel Bloom, Great Books organizer and associate professor of philosophy, will lead the discussion on Taoist thinker Zhuang Zhou, otherwise known as Zhuangzi or Chuang Tzu, at 7 p.m. March 8 via Zoom.

“His writings, while approaching the world in a very different way from most modern views, are surprisingly easy to understand, or at least I find them so,” Bloom said. “I think it provides us with enough material for discussion, even in the brief excerpts that we will read.”

The discussion series – sponsored by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages ​​- is open to those who have or have not read the book, Bloom said.

WT professors and guest lecturers lead the monthly discussions.

The series began in 2011 and is traditionally held in person on the second Tuesday of the month at Burrowing Owl Books, 7406 SW 34th Ave., Suite 2B, in Amarillo. He switched to Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic; a return to in-person meetings is expected to take place in the coming months.

To sign up for the March discussion, email Bloom at [email protected].

The series is a means by which WT serves the region by providing engagement with a variety of literary and philosophical texts. Being a learner-centred university is a key principle of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From begging to the world.

This plan is fueled by the historic amount of $125 million one west huge fundraising campaign.

About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas on a 342-acre residential campus. Founded in 1910, the university has been part of the Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, an institution serving Hispanics since 2016, has approximately 10,000 enrollment and offers 59 undergraduate, 39 master’s, and two doctoral programs. The university is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and one of the finest art collections in the Southwest. The Buffaloes are members of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offer 14 men’s and women’s athletic programs.

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