PHIL 213.001 – Asian Philosophy

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Instructor: Min Tang. This course meets TR 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. via remote only instruction.

This is an introductory/intermediate level course on Asian philosophy, focusing on classical Chinese philosophy and Buddhism philosophy. We will start with an introduction of a historical context and philosophical methodologies. After this introduction, we will explore four themes, including (A) the self, (B) self-transformation and self-cultivation, (C) mind and body, and (D) attachment and detachment. We will analyze and evaluate specific philosophical questions, arguments, definitions, and examples in the readings for each of these themes. Furthermore, we will connect our philosophical analyses and evaluations with our own lives. Throughout the course, we will engage with ancient texts (e.g., Lunyu, Xunzi, Zhuangzi, Mengzi, and Digha Nikaya), historical commentaries (e.g., interpretations from Zhuxi and Guoxiang), and contemporary debates centered on these four themes. Although this course presupposes no background in philosophy or Asian languages, you should prepare to read carefully, think critically, write thoughtfully, and learn to discuss with people respectfully and empathetically. We will work together to master these skills.

This course satisfies the following Gen Eds: PH, BN, WB.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the course, please feel free to contact your instructor, Min Tang, via email (mint12@live.unc.edu).