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    Vassar College
   
 
  Nov 25, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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PHIL 210 - Neo-Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Introduction to Neo-Confucianism, one of the most influential intellectual movements in China and all of East Asia. Neo-Confucianism combines a profound metaphysics with a subtle theory of ethical cultivation. There is some discussion of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism whose views of the self and ethics are the primary targets of the Neo-Confucian critique. No familiarity with Chinese culture is assumed, but a previous 100-level course in philosophy is a prerequisite because this course assumes students have the ability to tackle subtle issues in metaphysics, personal identity, and ethics. 

Prerequisite(s): one 100-level course in Philosophy, Chinese-Japanese, or Religious Studies, or permission of the instructor.



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