Faculty of Arts

PHIL 214

Classical Chinese Philosophy


This course concerns the Classical Period of Chinese Philosophy (600-200 BC). You will study extracts from the central texts of Chinese philosophy including the Lunyu (Analects of Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Daodejing (Laozi), Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Hanfeizi, Zhongyong (Doctrine of the Mean), Da Xue (Greater Learning) and Lu Shi Chunqiu (The Spring and Autumn Annals of Lu Buwei). Within these texts we will focus on topics in ethics, social and political philosophy and the philosophy of mind and language. The emphasis will be on developing your ability to read and interpret philosophically within a context of debate that is both culturally and historically remote. Although all texts will be read in English translation, we will pay close attention to relevant linguistic concerns, and students with a background in Chinese will be encouraged to look at the original.
Also available as part of the Asian Studies major.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Jeremy Seligman


Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden, eds., Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, Hackett (2003). ISBN: 0-87220-703-X


Coursework + exam


PHIL 214: 15.0 points


30 points in Philosophy or ASIAN 100


PHIL 334

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