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PHI1930: Eastern Philosophy
Chastain Campus
Fall 2003

Taught by
Douglas J. Phillips II
[email protected]
BA Pepperdine University, MTS Emory University
PhD (c) The California Institute of Integral Studies


Course Description
This course examines the history, practices, and basic tenets of eastern philosophies. In particular, the course seeks to provide students with a foundational understanding of representative thinkers of the eastern philosophical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Prerequisites
Students must place into college-level English on placement exam. Previous coursework in philosophy is preferred but not required.

Required Texts
Hermann Hess, Siddhartha
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles A. Moore (edd.), A Source Book in Indian Philosophy. (Princeton University Press). (IP)
Wing-Tsit Chan and Charles A. Moore (edd.), A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. (Princeton University Press). (CP)

Requirements
Each student is expected to attend weekly classes, complete assigned readings, turn in exams, and compose a 5-7 page final essay related to class material.

Grading Policy
Grades will be determined according to participation levels, attendance, test scores, and the completion of assignments.

Grade Distribution
10% Attendance and Class Participation
30% Midterm Exam
30% Final Paper
30% Final Exam

Course Schedule

Session 1
In class:
Introduction to the course
Brief outline of eastern philosophy
Reading:
IP xvii-xxxi

Session 2
In class:
Overview of the history of Indian thought
Reading:
IP 3-36

Session 3
In class:
Description and analysis of Vedas
Reading:
IP 37-64

Session 4
In class:
Upanishads Part I- Isa, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya
Reading:
IP 64-96

Session 5
In class:
Upanishads Part II- Chandogya, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Kausitaki, Maitri
Reading:
IP 99-129

Session 6
In class:
Introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita
Reading:
IP 129-163

Session 7
In class:
Analysis of Bhagavad-Gita
Reading:
IP 272-328

Session 8
In class:
Buddhism- Hinayana
Readings:
IP 328-346
Siddhartha 1-40

Session 9
In class:
Buddhism- Mahayana
Reading:
Siddhartha 40-to end

Session 10
In class:
Vedanta and Yoga
Reading:
CP 14-48

Session 11
In class:
Introduction to Chinese philosophy and the thought of Confucius
Reading:
CP 136-176

Session 12
In class:
The natural philosophy of Lao Tzu
Reading:
CP 177-210

Session 13
In class:
The mystical philosophy of Chuang Tzu
Reading:
CP 751-781

Session 14
In class:
Modern Chinese Philosophy- Fung Yu-Lan and Hsiung Shih-li
Reading:
IP 575-637


Session 15
In class:
Modern Indian Philosophy- Sri Aurobindo and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Assignment:
Work on final paper

Session 16
In class:
Final paper presentations

Final Exam TBA


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