Is there such a thing as “Daoism,” and if so, what is it? In this course we will examine some of the philosophical and religious traditions that are categorized as Daoism, focusing on the philosophy of the Warring States period (441-221 BCE), religious developments in the Six Dynasties (220-589 CE), and modern Western interest in Daoism to try to answer some key questions.
- What kinds of religious goals are part of Daoism?
- How are different ritual, meditative, alchemical, and sexual practices all related?
- Is Daoism really a good source for feminist and environmental ethics?
All readings will be in English. There are no prerequisites. No knowledge of Chinese is necessary.