This course explores the history of Confucian philosophy and its continuing relevance today, from the ethical views and accounts of human nature presented in classical texts such as the Analects, Mengzi, and Xunzi, to the views of the later Confucians like Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming, to the contemporary role of Confucianism in today’s more global world. Attention is given to disagreements and debates within the Confucian tradition itself, and to the way Confucian thought was shaped by the critiques of competing schools of thought such as Mohism, Yangism, Daoism, and Buddhism. The course also explores the impact of Confucianism on East Asian cultures and how Confucianism can serve as a resource for addressing contemporary moral problems. This class (THEO 368) is taught by Erin Cline.

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