Catalogue 2016 - 2017

PH 120 East Asian Traditions


3 cr.

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to the philosophical and religious worldviews found in the traditions of China, India and Japan.

We will carefully read selections from some classic and contemporary texts from these traditions, as well as secondary discussions of their key ideas. We will mainly focus on Confucian, Daoist, Indian (Vedic-Hindu and Buddhism) and Japanese Shinto and Samurai worldviews.

We will ask how these perspectives and worldviews address fundamental questions such as: the nature of reality and human nature, the self, knowledge, how to live well, and the good society.

The ideas found in these Eastern (or Asian) traditions have an enduring relevance, and offer us ways to order and value human experience very different from our contemporary social life.


Formerly "Introduction to Asian Thought"

Cross Listed Courses

REL 120




every semester.