Spring 2009 not offered
EAST 262, RELI 206|
This course will present critical discussion of issues central to Neo-Confucian (11th-19th centuries CE) philosophers that in many cases are still central in Chinese thought today. Topics will include the relation between knowledge and action, Neo-Confucian conceptions of idealism and materialism, and the connection between Neo-Confucian philosophy and spirituality.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Primary texts by the Neo-Confucians, such as Chan, trans., REFLECTIONS ON THINGS AT HAND; Gardner, trans., LEARNING TO BE A SAGE; Chan, trans., INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRACTICAL LIVING.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four papers will be required: two brief expositions of a position or argument and two longer critical discussions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No prior knowledge of China or philosophy is assumed. Careful reading of each day's assignments and participation in class discussion of the readings is expected and performance in these areas will affect grades.