ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Fall 2016, Section 001 - What Makes Us Human? Philosophical and Religious Perspectives from Classical China
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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This course examines ideas of humanity and humanness in classical China. It surveys a wide array of discussions on what distinguishes or brings together humanity and animality, as well as humanity and the divine. The range of subtopics we will discuss include: humans’ place in the greater whole; the harmony between Heaven, Earth and the humankind; the harmony between the human and the spirit world; the livings’ relationship with the dead; humans’ relationship with nonhuman animals; the presence or absence of human commonalities; as well as the relationship between sages and commoners. At the end of the semester students will have gained a broad understanding of classical Chinese conceptions of humanity and develop familiarity with major intellectual traditions, and with essential literary, philosophical and religious terms and figures.

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All readings will be in English, and some of the classical Chinese materials will be on reserve at the library for interested students.


ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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