Thought and Religious Life in Imperial China
This discussion-oriented class will explore the ideas and practices that shaped the political, intellectual, and religious life in early Chinese history. Major topics include early Chinese worldview, the philosophies of the "Hundred Schools," ideas of kingship and government, and institutional and popular religions. Required reading includes Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, edited by Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norde, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy by Bryan Van Norden, and book chapters and articles. Final grades for the class will be based on a presentation, papers of different lengths, and class participation. No prior knowledge of Chinese history is required. This course fulfills the College's second writing and non-Western and historical perspective requirements.