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Academic Year 2005/2006
Neo-Confucian Chinese Philosophy
PHIL 264 SP
This course will present critical discussion of issues central to Neo-Confucian (11th-19th centuries C.E.) philosophers that in many cases are still central in Chinese thought today. Topics will include the relation
knowledge and action, Neo-Confucian conceptions of idealism and materialism, and the connection between Neo-Confucian philosophy and spirituality.
Primary texts by the Neo-Confucians, such as Chan, trans., REFLECTIONS ON THINGS AT HAND; Gardner, trans., LEARNING TO BE A SAGE; Chan, trans., INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRACTICAL LIVING.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Four papers will be required: two brief expositions of a position or argument and two longer critical discussions.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
No prior knowledge of China or philosophy is assumed. Careful reading of each day's assignments and participation in class discussion of the readings is expected and performance in these areas will affect grades.
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