On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- describe the major aspects of Chinese traditional philosophy: metaphysics, politics, legal theory, philosophy of life
- summarise various schools of thought in ancient Chinese philosophy, such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Logicism, Legalism, etc.
- read and demonstrate an understanding of basic Classical Chinese
- problematise their own thinking in relation to traditional Chinese philosophy.
Traditional Chinese philosophical thought is still having a huge impact on modern China. This course contains a series of seminars about the most influential ancient Chinese philosophers, such as Lao-tzu, Confucius, Mencius, Zhuang-zi, etc. Philosophers in pre-Qin period, also known as the ‘hundred schools of thought’, will be studied especially. Students will gain knowledge of different schools of traditional Chinese philosophy and their corresponding social and historical background.
This course uses continuous assessment of students’ oral and written performance. There are oral reports and also a final paper.
Forms of Study
Both Chinese and English are used as the languages of tuition. Teaching is done in the form of seminars.
- A minimum of 90 cr in Chinese at undergraduate level, or equivalent knowledge.