JOY: The Journal of Yoga
Douglas J. Phillips II
BA Pepperdine University, MTS Emory University
PhD (c) The California Institute of Integral Studies
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.
Students must place into college-level English on placement exam. Previous coursework in philosophy is preferred but not required.
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)
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.
Grades will be determined according to participation levels, attendance, test scores, and the completion of assignments.
10% Attendance and Class Participation
30% Midterm Exam
30% Final Paper
30% Final Exam
Introduction to the course
Brief outline of eastern philosophy
Overview of the history of Indian thought
Description and analysis of Vedas
Upanishads Part I- Isa, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya
Upanishads Part II- Chandogya, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Kausitaki, Maitri
Introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita
Analysis of Bhagavad-Gita
Siddhartha 40-to end
Vedanta and Yoga
Introduction to Chinese philosophy and the thought of Confucius
The natural philosophy of Lao Tzu
The mystical philosophy of Chuang Tzu
Modern Chinese Philosophy- Fung Yu-Lan and Hsiung Shih-li
Modern Indian Philosophy- Sri Aurobindo and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Work on final paper
Final paper presentations
Final Exam TBA