Progressive Confucianism and Its Critics|
Spring 2022 not offered
Contemporary "Confucianism" designates a diverse set of philosophical, social, political, and religious approaches that are rooted in traditional East Asia and are playing significant--and increasing--roles in the modern world. "Progressive Confucianism" designates a subset of these approaches, emphasizing the ways that the Confucian tradition has developed throughout the centuries and arguing both that modern Confucianism must continue to develop, and that a properly developed Confucianism has much to contribute to contemporary philosophy and to modern societies. This seminar will explore the background out of which progressive Confucianism has emerged; its distinctive approach and key contributions to Confucianism and to global philosophy more generally; and central criticisms that it has faced, with sources ranging from more conservative (or even fundamentalist) Confucians to liberals and progressives.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Readings will all be in English, and drawn from recent books, journal articles, and current doctoral dissertations.
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Class participation and regular presentations are required, as are one short paper and one longer research paper.
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Students who have not taken a course dealing (at least in part) with Confucianism (of any era) will be required to take part in a 3-hour Confucianism Bootcamp near the beginning of the semester.
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