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 considering 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 learn 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, comparative philosophy, moral psychology, and personal cultivation.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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