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Academic Year 2005/2006
PHIL 342 FA
This course is designed to explore the Confucian ideal of sagehood, especially as it was articulated by neo-Confucians over the last thousand or so years. We will also look at sagehood in comparative perspective by
both descriptions of, and arguments for and against, similar personality ideals in ancient and contemporary Western thought. Our goals will be both interpretive and evaluative: We will ask both how one is supposed to
to be a sage, and whether there are aspects of this process and ideal that we ought to adopt ourselves. In summary, we will engage with the idea of sagehood from a variety of perspectives: intellectual history,
philosophy, moral psychology, and personal cultivation.
Readings will be from both primary sources, in translation, and a variety of secondary works.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Several in-class presentations and short writing assignments, one five page paper, and one research project.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
There are no specific requirements, but some background in one or more of the following is expected: Chinese philosophy, Chinese history, other traditions of self-cultivation or moral psychology. Students unsure of
their preparation for the class should
contact the instructor.
All students who have not taken at least one of Philosophy 205 (Classical Chinese Philosophy) or Philosophy 206 (Neo-Confucian Chinese Philosophy) will be required to participate in a
three-hour "Chinese Philosophy
Bootcamp" at a time to be arranged at the first class meeting.
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Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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