What is the course about?
At the heart of Chinese philosophy is a concern with the way to live harmoniously with others. This core concern turns on an ethical and political understanding of the relation between human and non-human nature or between ‘heaven’, ‘humanity’ and ‘earth’.
What will we cover?
We will focus on the ‘classical’ formative period of Chinese philosophy:
• The diversity of Chinese philosophical thought; The book of changes (yijing)
• Confucianism – key concepts
• Daoism – key concepts
• Mohism – the challenge to Confucian thought.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss, simply, the significance of ‘the sage (wise person’ in Chinese philosophy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge. However, some familiarity with or interest in East Asian culture/ideas would be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notemaking equipment of your own choice. Handouts of portions of relevant texts will be provided during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in Japanese philosophy in a nutshell (HP126), starting on 14.10.10.
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