7AAN2096 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2017-18
Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Prof Michael Beaney
- Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
- Formative assessment: one 2,000-3,000-word essay
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
- Weeks 1–2: one one-hour lecture and one one-hour seminar each week
- Weeks 3–5: no teaching
- Weeks 6–9: two one-hour lectures and two one-hour seminars each week
Sample syllabus: draft sample syllabus 2017-18
After two introductory lectures outlining the nature of Chinese philosophy and its relation to Chinese language, we will consider the following main philosophers and schools:
Confucius; Mozi; Mencius; Laozi and early Daoism; Neo-Mohism and the School of Names; Zhuangzi; Xunzi; Legalism.
This course is intended as an introduction to ancient Chinese philosophy, offering an overview of its main schools and exploring some of its main themes. One of our aims will be to demonstrate the relevance of an understanding of ancient Chinese philosophy to contemporary Western philosophy.
The main learning outcome is an understanding of some of the main ideas and debates of ancient Chinese philosophy and an appreciation of their relevance to contemporary Western philosophy.
More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff.
Lai, Karyn L., 2008, An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, Cambridge University Press
Van Norden, Bryan W., 2011, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy, Hackett
Ivanhoe, Philip J. and Bryan W. Van Norden, (eds.), 2005, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, 2nd edn., Hackett
Mou, Bo, (ed.), 2009, History of Chinese Philosophy, Routledge
Additional recommended core reading:
Graham, A. C., 1989, Disputers of the Tao, Chicago: Open Court
Hansen, Chad, 1992, A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought, Oxford University Press
The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.