Spring 2007 not offered
Are human rights universal? We will examine this question from the perspective of both ancient and modern Chinese philosophy. Topics will include the origin of rights in the West, comparison of Western and Chinese conceptions of the self, and the content and history of "quanli," the Chinese translation of "rights."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Readings will include contemporary philosophical discussions of the relation between human rights and Chinese philosophy, as well as classical and early twentieth-century Chinese writings on subjects related to rights (in translation).
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Two short papers and one research paper; frequent brief presentations and/or written assignments.
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Knowledge of Chinese is not required. Prior exposure to philosophy at some level is strongly recommended. A background in at least one of the following will be expected: Chinese philosophy (especially Confucianism), the history or theory of Western ethics, modern Chinese history.