Chinese Philosophy (PHIL*3920) | College of Arts

Chinese Philosophy (PHIL*3920)

Code and section: PHIL*3920*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Ken Dorter


A survey of Chinese philosophy, focusing especially on Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Neoconfucianism. Class discussion will be devoted to figures between the 6th century BCE (Confucius and Lao Tzu) and the 16th century CE (Wang Yang-ming). Other philo¬sophers will be dealt with in the essays and outside reading.

Presentation: The class will meet synchronously MW 11:30-12:50 on Zoom in the hope that this will enable interaction and discussion. The Zoom sessions will be recorded and posted for those who can’t attend live. Other resources will also be posted on Courselink.

Course requirements: a) either two 1250 word essays (25% each) or one 2500 word essay on works not covered in class (50%), and b) a final exam on the class readings (50%).

Required Texts: Wing-tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy (Princeton: ISBN-13: 9780691019642); Yu-lan Fung, A Short History of Chinese Philosophy  (Free Press: ISBN-13: 9780684836348).

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