ASIAN 263 - Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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This course will survey the main philosophers of ancient China (approximately 550-220 B.C.): Kongzi (Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi and Han Feizi. The class will deal with a wide variety of interrelated issues, such as conceptions of authority, skepticism, social equality, commitment to or rejection of morality, etc. Some of the questions we will try to answer include: Is there a way of life that is best for humans, or are we each unique in our needs and preferences? Can one promote social change without having a vision for what others want? What is the price of activism, and what is the price of apathy? Should we try to improve the world or find contentment in all things as they are? Readings will consist mainly of translations of primary texts. No previous knowledge of Chinese language is necessary.

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Two 90-minute meetings weekly


ASIAN 263 - Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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