Catalogue 2014 - 2015

PH 120 Introduction to Asian Thought


3 cr.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the philosophical and religious ideas found in the traditions of China, India and Japan, primarily the Confucian, Daoist, Indian (Vedic-Hindu and Buddhism) and Japanese Shinto and Samurai traditions.  We will ask how these perspectives and ideas address such fundamental issues as: the nature of reality and human nature, the self, knowledge, how to live well, and the good society.


Questions we will ask include What is the ‘self’, and are Buddhists correct that there is no such thing? Does anyone have access to the truth or are all viewpoints merely partial perspectives on some greater whole?  How can I know what the right thing to do is?

Cross Listed Courses

REL 120




every semester.