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Phil104 Sections 1 & 2 / Fall 2006




Reading Assignments


Aug. 24 (R)

Introduction (1)


Aug. 29 (T)

Introduction (2): Philosophy and Asian Philosophy; Methodological Issues; Group Discussion

CP: II-1, II-2, II-3

1. The Yi-Jing (I Ching) Philosophy

Aug. 31 (R)

An Introduction to the Yi-Jing Text

CP: I-1 (1.1 and 1.2)

Sept. 5 (T)

The Yin-Yang Metaphysical Vision

CACP: pp.86-96

Sept.7 (R)

A Comparative Examination of the Yin-Yang Methodological Insight; Group Discussion

CP: II-4 and II-8

CACP: pp.60-66

2. Classical Confucianism: Confucius (Kong Zi)

Sept. 12 (T)

An Introduction to Confucianism

CP: I-2 (the Analects)

Sept. 14 (R)

Confucius on Ren (Jen) and Moral Cultivation

CP: I-2: 12.22, 4.3, 13.19, 17.6, 12.1, 12.2, 6.28

Sept. 19 (T)

A Comparative Examination of Confucius' and Christian Versions of the Golden Rule

CP: I-2: 1.4, 4.15, 5.11, 6.28, 12.2, 14.36, and 15.23; CP: II-5;

CACP: pp.99-121

Sept. 21 (R)

A Comparative Examination of Confucius' and Socrates' Methodological Approaches in Dialogue; Group Discussion

CP: I-2.1: 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8; II-6


3. Challenges and Engagement: Mo Zi, Yang Zhu, and School of Names

Sept. 26 (T)

Mohist Challenge: Utilitarianism

CP: I-3.1

Sept. 28 (R)

Yang Zhu's Challenge: Early Daoism

CP: I-3.2

Sept. 28 (R): First Paper Due

Oct. 3 (T)

School of Names: Sharpening Rational Debate; Group Discussion

CP: I-3.3

4. Development of Classical Confucianism: Mencius and Xun Zi (Hsun Tzu)

Oct. 5 (R)

Mencius on Moral Cultivation and Human Nature

CP: I-4.1

Oct. 10 (T)

Xun Zi on Human Nature and Moral Cultivation; A Comparative Examination of Mencius, Xun Zi, and Sartre on Human Nature; Review

CP: I-4.2 (pp.115-116, 128-135); II-7

Oct. 12 (R): First Mid-term Exam

5. Philosophical Daoism: Lao Zi (Lao Tzu) and Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu)

Oct. 17 (T)

Lao Zi's Dao-De-Jing (1): Metaphysical Dao

CP: I-5.1 (especially Dao 1, 4, 5, 6, 14, 21, 25, 34, 40, 42, 51, and 52);

CACP: pp.245-262

Oct. 19 (R)

Lao Zi's Dao-De-Jing (2): De and Morality

Lao Zi's Dao-De-Jing (3): Wu-Wei

CP: I-5.1 (especially Dao 51, 38, 18, 19, 20, 2, 10)

CP: I-5.1 (especially Dao 7, 18, 22, 25, 33, 40, 44, and 45)

Oct. 24 (T)

Zhuang Zi (1): Transcendental Perspectivism and Metaphysical View

Zhuang Zi (2): Knowledge

CP: I-5.1; CACP: pp.263-277

Oct. 26 (R)

Zhuang Zi (3): Happiness and Death

CP: I-5.2 (pp.209, 195-196)

Oct. 31 (T)

Daoism Review / Group Discussion


Nov. 2 (R): Second Mid-term Exam

6. Hinduism

Nov. 7 (T)

Indian Philosophy and Hinduism; Pre-systematic Period of Hinduism

IP: Ch.1&2

Nov. 9 (R)

Systematic Period: Six Orthodox Schools

IP: Ch.4, 5, 7 & 8

7. Buddhism

Nov. 14 (T)

The Essence of Buddhist Thought;

IP: Ch.3

Nov. 16 (R)

Two Types of Buddhism; Buddhist School of Middle Way on Double Truth

IP: Ch.6; CR: I-6.1

Nov. 21 (T)

Chan/Zen Buddhism; Group Discussion

CP: I-6.2

Nov. 21 (T): Second Paper Due

8.  Engagement Among Thoughts in Chinese, Indian and Western Philosophies

Nov. 28 (T)

Platonic, Hinduist and Daoist Models of Reality; Hegelian, Yi-Jing and Buddhist Models for Understanding and Development

CACP: pp.60-85

9. Further Reflections and Applications

Nov. 30 (R)

Three Orientations of Comparative Studies;

Discussion Forum: A Reflection on Influence of Asian Philosophical Traditions on American Culture and Society (1)

CR: II-9;

CACP: pp.185-201

Dec. 5 (T)

Discussion Forum: A Reflection on Influence of Asian Philosophical Traditions on American Culture and Society (2)


Dec. 7 (R)

Review for Final


Section 1: Dec. 12 (T)

Section 2: Dec. 13 (W)

Final Examination

Section 1: 09:45 - 12:00

Section 2: 12:15 - 14:30

Note: The above schedule is for guidance only and may change in the event of extenuating circumstances.