This course is an introductory survey of the main philosophical currents of thought of India, China, and Japan. The student will be encouraged to explore the answers offered by Asian philosophers to such questions as: What is ultimate reality? What is the self? How is personal freedom to be achieved? This course will be of particular interest to students who encounter elements of Asian thought in business, art, music, history and other disciplines and who are interested in understanding the intellectual forces that have shaped the cultures of Asia.
Recommend eligibility for English 1A
No department requirement
I. WESTERN AND NON-WESTERN PHILOSOPHY 2 weeks Differences and similarities in themes and methods Religion and Asian philosophyII. INDIAN PHILOSOPHY 5 weeks The foundations of Indian philosophy Political and social philosophy The philosophy of pleasure The Jain view Sankhya and yoga Brahmanism Buddhism TantrismIII. CHINESE PHILOSOPHY 5 weeks I Ching, Yin-Yang, and Five Phases Confucius and Mencius The logicians Taoist thought Chinese BuddhismIV. JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY 4 weeks Shinto Japanese Buddhism Kyoto school Zen
Completion of required reading and final exam. Other requirements are determined by instructor. These may include completion of one or more papers, oral reports, other written exams, journal assignments, participation in class discussion, etc.
In accordance with Title V regulations, there must be at least one substantial (greater than one paragraph) writing assignment. Generally evaluation is based primarily on written papers and essay examinations.
Suggested Instructional Methods and Materials
Primarily lecture and discussion. These can be supplemented by films, videos, guest speakers, class debates, etc., as deemed appropriate and desirable by the individual instructor. Readings should include primary source material as much as possible. |||