ASIAN 4457

ASIAN 4457

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This course surveys major schools of classical Chinese philosophy: Confucianism, Mohism, and Daoism. We focus on the Confucian vision of an ideal life, moral development, and self-cultivation, whereby one refines and reshapes one's emotions to achieve ethical excellence and contribute to one's community. We explore the Mohist advocacy of an ethics in which everyone is to be treated impartially, and the differences between Mohism and Confucianism in relation to key ethical issues. We emphasize the Daoist rejection of Confucian moral preaching and the idea that the "truth" can be captured through theorizing and argument, as well as the espousal in this tradition of "non-action" and intuitive action. We shall see how advocates of these different philosophies debated and borrowed ideas from each other.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: at least one prior course in philosophy.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Course Subfield (SC)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 6657PHIL 4570PHIL 6570

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19760 ASIAN 4457   LEC 001

    • T Uris Hall 498
    • Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
    • Lin, Q

  • Instruction Mode: In Person