COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Fall 2022, Section 003 - Philosophizing Across Cultures: Chinese and Islamic Perspectives
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.

Description

In this first year writing course we will look at a range of canonical texts and genres from the Chinese and Arabic-Islamic philosophical heritages. We will examine the central questions shaping these two traditions, how they evolved, and how they can be useful to identify the conceptual limitations of Western philosophy. In particular, we will consider how some of the central notions of modern liberalism (“freedom”, “reason”, “rights”) are inadequate when applied to the thought of Confucius, Mencius, Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, Al-Farabi, Avicenna, Averroes, and Suhrawardi. Ultimately, we will consider how this group of thinkers can help us to think beyond the core assumptions of Western liberalism, and whether their philosophical ideas can provide responses to urgent political issues (such as the crisis of Western democracies and the contested universality of human rights). All readings will be available in English translation.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include regular attendance, active engagement in class discussion, weekly responses, collaborative annotations in Perusall, an oral presentation, and three major writing assignments (plus drafts): a book review, an analytical essay, and a creative reworking of your Directed Self-Placement essay.

Schedule

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