Faculty of Arts

PHIL 334

Classical Chinese Philosophy

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for PHIL 334.


Covering the Classical Period of Chinese Philosophy (600-200 BC) in depth, we will study extracts from the central texts of this period, 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. 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.
The course shares lectures with PHIL 214 but has an additional seminar hour covering the secondary literature. This is an essential part of the course.  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

Recommended Reading

A.C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao, Open Court (1989). ISBN: 0812690885


Coursework + exam


PHIL 334: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy


PHIL 214

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