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PHIL 145 - Introduction to Eastern Philosophy

5 Credits
Introduction to four of the great traditions of world philosophy: Confucian, Taoist, Hindu and Buddhist. Students read original texts from these traditions considering a variety of answers to some of the biggest questions in philosophy: Who am I? What should I do? What is real? What do I really know?


Designed to Serve Humanities students, philosophy majors, any student needing D/G credit for AA degree, students wishing to improve their understanding of people belonging to other cultures and to deal with them in their own vocations (medicine, law, business, teaching, etc.), Anthropology and Sociology students interested in Asia.
Active Date 2011-07-25

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
1. Confucian Philosophy: Confucian ethics, the socially-constituted self, role of ritual and social performance in the development of the person, the ideal ruler. 2. Taoist Philosophy: Taoist critiques of the Confucian models, metaphysics, epistemology, cosmology; critiques of rationalism and traditionalism. 3. Indian Philosophy: Themes of the Samkhya, Yoga, and Vedanta traditions represented in the Bhagavad-gita. 4. Buddhist Philosophy: Basic philosophy of the Sutra tradition, 4 Noble truths, 8-fold path, anatman, karma, etc.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate a familiarity with and understanding of the main questions, concepts and arguments addressed in each course text.

Students will demonstrate the ability to write a 1500-2000 word argumentative essay on a topic of philosophical interest.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic questions of philosophy: ethics, metaphysics, epistemology.

Students will demonstrate an ability to read, analyze, and synthesize original source material from a variety of philosophical and cultural traditions.

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