PHL337H1: Classical Chinese Ethics

Hours

36L

This course explores and critiques personal and social ethical ideals as presented in early Chinese Confucian, Mohist, and Daoist writings and considers their relevance to issues in contemporary ethics. Major texts discussed include the Analects, Mèngzǐ, Xúnzǐ, Mòzǐ, Dàodéjīng, and Zhuāngzǐ. Central questions examined include: What is the way (dào)? What standards can guide us in following the way? What grounds can we have for confidence that these are the correct standards? What kind of person should we strive to be? What is virtue (dé)? What values take priority in a life of virtue? How does the person of virtue act?

Prerequisite
7.5 credits, with at least 1.5 PHL credits including PHL237H1
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Breadth Requirements
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)