PHIL328C     Studies in the History of Philosophy: Chinese Philosophy
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Xuan Wang
Room:TYD 2102
Meeting Times:2:00pm - 3:15pm
Level:Undergraduate
 

This course will begin with the basic cosmological view of ancient Chinese, and then investigate how different humanistic approaches under the same cosmological view could emerge. Three main schools of thought to be covered are: Confucianism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism. We will investigate the following themes: the nature of the world (ontology), what a good life is and how actions are judged (virtue ethics), how we know the world and our minds (epistemology), the Chinese social structure and the role of government (political philosophy), and women’s status in Chinese society (feminism). The course will conclude with some contemporary articles on Chinese philosophy, and investigate how Chinese philosophy can develop from this stage on. This course has no prerequisites and assumes no background in philosophy or in Chinese language and culture.