This is an introductory survey course on Chinese philosophy. It covers the period from early Confucian and Daoist thought through to Chinese philosophy in the modern China, with a focus on the classical period. The course looks at the representative schools, their main thinkers and writings, and the ideas they developed. An understanding of the foundations of Chinese thought helps us to make explicit and self-conscious some of the radically different assumptions of our own intellectual traditions. It also provides background knowledge crucial to an informed understanding of many developments in modern and contemporary China.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate through analysis and critical reflection an understanding of the key concepts in Chinese and East Asian philosophy and religion;
2. Acquire knowledge of philosophical thought developed in Chinese historical contexts;
3. Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical examples drawn from textual analysis;
4. Compare philosophical thought developed in Chinese contexts meaningfully with that of other intellectual traditions;
5. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving philosophical problems, individually and in groups;
6. Identify and distinguish the source materials and tools necessary for engagement with Chinese philosophical thinking of various eras.
Indicative Assessment2 Tutorial handouts (approx 2 pages) - total 20%
2 Tutorial papers (min. 1,000 words) - total 30%
Research Essay (5,000 words) - 50%
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WorkloadTwo lectures and one tutorial per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
An anthology (or 'brick') of readings compiled by the course lecturer. Supplementary materials will be handed out in class and students are provided with a bibliography
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