Chinese Philosophy

Course code PHIL2140Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines philosophies developed by cultures that are not rooted in Western Europe. Examples of philosophies that may be covered in this course include Chinese, Indian, Southeast Asian, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, African, Middle Eastern.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Objectives(1) Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers in another major culture or related group of cultures.

(2) Impart to students critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives.

(3) Develop high level written and oral skills in presenting issues concerning philosophies of non-European cultures.

(4) Develop a capacity to appreciate how people
of other cultures approach ways of living and evaluating life situations.
ContentSpecific content will vary from year to year. The course may focus on one particular non-European philosophy, say for instance Chinese, or it may survey several under selected themes. The main assigned reading will be translations of primary materials supplemented by secondary interpretation. For instance, a segment covering ancient Chinese philosophy would use The Analects of Confucius (tr. Ames and Rosemont), the Tao Te Ching (tr. MacDonald) and The book of Chuang Tzu, (tr. Palmer & Breuilly) as primary texts, supplementing them with such contemporary texts as Confucius: The secular as sacred by H. Fingarette, Disputers of the Tao: philosphical argument in ancient China by A. C. Graham, Thinking through Confucius by D. L. Hall and R. T. Ames. The lectures and discussions will focus on interpreting the texts, examining the philosophic issues, discussing how cultural concerns are reflected in the philosophy, discussing non-western philosophical terminology and comparing the non-european ideas to those of western philosophy.
Replacing Course(s)PHIL3140 Chinese Philosophy
TransitionStudents who have previously completed PHIL3140 are not permitted to enrol in PHIL2140
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least 10 units of PHIL courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsFinal Essay (2,250 words), 55%

The essay (due week 14) will be a research paper on some issue raised in the course; it is designed to assess the student's grasp of course material, as well as their ability to do independent research.
Examination: Take HomeTake-Home Exam (1,250 words), 30%

The exam (due week 7) will require the student to explain the central concepts of the philosophies studied. Some research will be required, but it is expected that assigned reading will form the bulk of the material.
Presentations - GroupGroup Presentation, (30 minutes), 15%

This assignment will assess how well students are coming to grips with the basic issues and concepts of the course. The tutorial/class presentation involves continual assessment and feedback on individual student ability to properly engage the subject matter and requires the students, in small groups, to orally present an analysis of one passage from the assigned texts.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL2140