This discussion-oriented class will explore the ideas and practices that shaped the political, intellectual, and religious life of imperial China. Major topics include early Chinese worldviews, the philosophies of the “Hundred Schools,” ideas of kingship and government, and institutional and popular religions. Required readings include Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (ed. Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden), selected Buddhist and Daoist scriptures, and a variety of popular literature. Final grades for the class will be based on a presentation, papers, 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.