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2022-23 Catalog 
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PHIL 145 - Introduction to Eastern Philosophy

5 Credits

Introduction to Confucian, Taoist, Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. Students read original texts from these traditions considering different answers to fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, personal identity and morality.


Quarters Typically Offered

Winter Day

Designed to Serve Humanities students, philosophy majors, students needing Humanities or D/G credit for AA degree, students with an interest in Asian cultures and history.
Active Date 20190626T13:17:49

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
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
Explain  and critically evaluate key concepts from the Analects of Confucius (for example filial piety, harmony,  ren, junzi, li).

Explain and critically evaluate key concepts from the  Laozi/Daodejing (for example dao, de, wu wei, ziran).

Explain  and critically evaluate key concepts from the Upanishads and Bhagavadgita  (for example maya, moksha, atman, Brahman).

Explain  and critically evaluate key concepts from selections from Buddhists texts (for example dukkha, samsara, 4 noble truths, anatman, emptiness).

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