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Asian Philosophy (PHIL 2115)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course explores Asian philosophies including Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, Buddhist and Islamic. You will analyze philosophical themes including metaphysics, epistemology, religion, political philosophy and self-identity in a historical fashion and engage major philosophers, traditions and texts within their historical contexts. You will also interact with the contemporary landscape of Asian philosophy as it relates to global issues and ideas. Through reading, writing and dialogue, you will demonstrate knowledge of Asian philosophy and analyze in depth a philosopher or text of your choice.

Topical Outline:
1. Various approaches to the scholarship of Asian Philosophy: Pre-Colonialism, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
2. Historical Themes in Asian Philosophy: self-identity, metaphysics, epistemology, religion and ethics
3. Diversity of Historical Traditions and Texts in Asian Philosophy: Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, Buddhist and Islamic
4. Contemporary Debates in Asian Philosophy

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the fundamental concepts and ideas of the major philosophers and traditions of Asian Philosophy
2. Analyze in depth one major philosopher, topic or text within Asian philosophy
3. Develop critical thinking skills in various areas of thought and life related to the major topics in Asian Philosophy
4. Explain the significance of Asian philosophy in your own life and in our world

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives