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Chinese Philosophy (PHIL10179)







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**Spaces on Philosophy Honours courses are extremely limited, and so priority is given to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the Philosophy department (including Erasmus students on a Philosophy Exchange). Exchange students outside of Philosophy and independent study abroad students cannot be guaranteed enrolment in ANY 3rd/4th year Philosophy courses** Please note that 3rd year Philosophy courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above to qualify for this course, but no knowledge of Chinese language is required; we will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course is an introduction to some of the key debates and ideas in Chinese Philosophy.

Course Description

This course is intended as an introduction to some of the key debates and ideas in Chinese Philosophy. Through a close reading of some of the most influential texts in e.g. Confucianism and Daoism, students will develop an understanding of the variety of philosophical approaches in Chinese Philosophy and how these may relate to approaches to Western Philosophy. This course will not assume any previous knowledge in the area. All reading will be in English translation.Suggested reading:Interested students may enjoy reading the following books in preparation for/alongside the course as an introduction to the area.Puett, P. M., & Gross-Loh, C. (2017). The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything. Viking. (A highly accessible introduction to the main ideas in Classical Chinese Philosophy aimed at the general public. Written by a professor of Chinese Philosophy at Harvard).Fung, Y.-L. (1997). A Short History of Chinese Philosophy: A Systematic Account of Chinese Thought from Its Origins to Present Day. (D. Bodde, Ed.) (Reissue edition). Free Press.(An academic but very readable introduction to the main schools of Chinese thought from the classical period to the present.)

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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