Subject Area: Philosophy
Examines Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism), the two most influential philosophies originating from China, against a backdrop of other doctrines such as Mohism, Legalism and Chinese Buddhism. Investigates a range of topics in early Chinese philosophy such as ethics and politics, conceptions of knowledge and views of reality and the world. Discusses how the early thinkers in China thought about these issues and draws on their insights to enhance contemporary debates.
The course enhances the Philosophy curriculum by introducing philosophy from a non-western perspective. Although the course will focus on a study of traditional Chinese philosophies, we will also consider comparative east-west perspectives and their contemporary relevance.
Note: No previous knowledge of Chinese culture or language is assumed.