Written by: Trevor Kelly
“The man. The myth. The beard.”
In last Monday’s faculty-led PhRST meeting, Professor Jesse Bailey began our discussion of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching by first contextualizing the person of Lao Tzu and, next, with the text itself.
Lao Tzu was a teacher who did not teach, but lived simply and happily. Legend tells that Lao Tzu was forced to write the Tao Te Ching, a sort-of collection of his own philosophy, straying away from Confucian ritualism and toward, well, Taoism.
What is Taoism? In reading through the text together, the club hopes to come to some kind of understanding of just that and, more importantly, where this “road” Lao Tzu will lead us along the way. For more, check out our President’s personal notes on her blog.
Trevor Kelly is a senior at Sacred Heart University, studying Religious Studies and Philosophy with a focus in Catholic thought and choral music. He co-founded and currently serves as the President of the Sacred Heart University social activism club, Peace by Justice. He also as the Vice President of the Sacred Heart University Philosophy and Religious Studies club, of which he is also a founding member. He reads Plato on the beach, and swears he is the coolest person you will ever meet who reads comic books. He is probably wrong.