ASIAN 466 - Interpreting the Zhuangzi
Section: 001 Interpreting the Zhuanzi
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIAN/PHIL 263 or another introductory philosophy course.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The "Zhuangzi" (aka "Chuang Tzu" named after its core portion’s purported author Zhuangzi [aka Chuang Tzu] or Master Zhuang, ca. 369-286 B.C.E.) is one of the greatest texts in ancient Chinese philosophy and prose literature. This is a work that appeals equally to both the intellect and the imagination. After the "Dao De Jing" (aka "Tao Te Ching") of Laozi (aka Lao Tzu), the "Zhuangzi" has traditionally been regarded as a principal classic in the philosophy of early “Daoism” (aka “Taoism”). It has had a profound influence on Chinese life, art, literature, philosophy, religion, and aesthetic theory during the last two millennia. Although the focus of this course is the "Zhuangzi" itself, we will first do a close reading of the "Dao De Jing", explore the relation between these two texts, and their relation to early Chinese culture. We will then examine the influence of the "Zhuangzi" on some aspects of Chinese civilization through the centuries. The course will also offer a survey of some of the important interpretations, both traditional and modern, of this early Chinese classic. Active participation (in discussion and in giving some oral reports), attendance, two PowerPoint presentations, and two 6 to 8-page papers are required. Some knowledge of Chinese culture is recommended, but no knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

ASIAN 466 - Interpreting the Zhuangzi
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