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How to Tell a Good Story of Ourselves


课程概述 / About This Course

在我们这个时代,很少有哲学家会自认为有特权告诉人们应该如何有意义地生活;但是,如果把自己的人生看作一个由我们自己撰写和讲述的故事看待,哲学也许仍然可以告诉人们,我们该如何思考我们该如何有意义地生活。在这门课程中,那些隐含在这种 "叙事的人生观"中的哲学问题和立场,那些常常显得深奥得可怕的哲学思考,将会以相对容易的方式呈现给你。

Although much fewer philosophers in our times would claim to have the privilege of telling people how they should live their life meaningfully, philosophy can perhaps still be helpful in telling us how we should see how we should live our life meaningfully by showing what our life would be like if we view it as a story that is authored and told by ourselves. In this mini course, you will be given relatively easier access to those philosophical questions and positions that are implied in this “narrative conception of human life” and those that can be otherwise esoteric and intimidating.

教师 / Faculty

童世骏 Shijun Tong





Tong Shijun was born in Shanghai in September 1958 and became Chancellor of NYU Shanghai in 2020 after holding a long-term position as Professor of Philosophy at East China Normal University (ECNU) since 1994.

Tong joined ECNU first as a student in 1978, after having spent three years as a farm worker on Chongming Island from 1975-1978. At ECNU he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1982 and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy in 1984—the same year he began his career teaching at the university. In 1988 Tong took his first trip to Norway as a visiting scholar, and then he went on an academic journey leading to a doctoral degree at the University of Bergen in 1994.

As an administrator, Tong was Chair of ECNU’s Department of Philosophy from 1995-1997, Deputy Dean of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) from 2004-2011, Director of Philosophical Institute of SASS from 2009-2011, and ECNU’s University Council Chairman from 2011-2019.

As a philosopher, Tong specializes in epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and comparative philosophy. He has authored more than 10 books and over 100 papers, mainly in Chinese and English, and has translated several books from English and German into Chinese, including Jürgen Habermas’s Faktizität und Geltung. In 1998, he spent six months as a guest professor at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany and from 2000-2001 worked as a visiting research Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University in the US.

In addition to numerous awards and honors for his teachings, research, and writing, he has been a member of the Social Science Committee of China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) since 2004 and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi) since 2010.

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