East Asian Thought
SYLLABUS
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DATE
LECTURE TOPICS/READINGS
8/19
The Religious Foundation of Chinese Civilization
ICP: 1-12; SCT: 3-23
8/21Yijing: The Cosmological Foundation of Chinese Philosophy
ICP: 15-45
8/23Confucius: Transforming the World through RitualHumaneness
ICP: 47-63; SCT: 41-63
8/26
MOVIE: Kongzi (Confucius), Part I (Location: Meiley-Swallow/Thrust Theater)
SAS: 1-36 (Recommended: Confucius)
8/28MOVIE: Kongzi (Confucius), Part II (Location: Meiley-Swallow/Thrust Theater)
SAS: 37-79
8/30Confucius: The Secular as Sacred
“Contemporary Rituals and the Confucian Tradition”
9/2
LABOR DAY
9/4 Mencius: The Goodness” of Human Nature
ICP: 65-84; SCT: 112-129, 147-158
9/6Xunzi: Human Nature is “Bad”
ICP: 86-106; SCT: 159-183
9/9DEBATE: Mencius vs. Xunzi @ the Court of Zhao Zheng, King of Qin
●  Mencius/Xunzi Debate Paper
9/11
Laozi & the Daodejing: A Daoist Response to Confucian Morality
ICP: 131-146; Neiye;
Laozi
9/13 Zhuangzi: Free and Easy Wandering & the Equalization of Things
ICP: 152-173; SCT: 95-103
9/16From the Secret of Caring for Life to Equanimity in the Face of Death
ICP: 173-180; “Bimodal Mystical Experience”; SCT: 103-111
9/18 The Politicization of the Dao: The Way of Wuwei
ICP: 146-151; “Two Interpretations of De in the Daodejing; SCT: 77-94
9/20Legalism: The Philosophical Foundations of Imperial” China
ICP: 182-204; SCT: 190-212
9/23Huang-Lao: The Synthesis of Daoism, Confucianism and Legalism
SCT: 235-236, 241-247, 256-273, 278-282
9/25
The Historical Buddha & the Indian Roots of Buddhism
ICP: 209-219; SCT: 415-432
9/27From India to China: The “Three Treatise” & “Consciousness Only” Schools
SCT: 433-444; Verses...: 59-67 (Ch. 24-25); ICP: 220-246 
●  Warring States Exegesis
9/30
Huayan: The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism
ICP: 248-275; SCT: 471-476
10/2
Tiantai: The Unification of Diversity
ICP: 277-302; SCT: 444-458
10/4
Chan: The Meditation” School
ICP: 304-330; SCT: 491-504
10/7
The Evolution of the Koan” in the Chan Tradition
SCT: 504-517; Gateless Gate: 2-5; Regarding Mu; Yamada Mumon Roshi; Ten Minutes
10/9
From Chan to Zen: Dogen & the Soto School in Japan
“Koans in the Dogen Tradition”Zen Meditation
10/11The Neo-Confucian” Response to Buddhism & Daoism
Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Intro, Sections 2-3); SCT: 329-339, 667-678, 682-689
10/14
FALL BREAK
10/16Zhu Xi & the Synthesis of the Neo-Confucian Tradition
Zhu Xi Biography; SCT: 689-714
10/18Zhu Xi’s Transmission of the Way
SCT: 
720-754
10/21Wang Yangming: The Unity of Knowledge” & Action”
Wang Yangming Biography; SCT: 841-844; Instructions for Practical Living: 3-17
10/23Wang Yangming’s “Principle of Heaven & “The Original Substance of the Mind”
SCT: 844-865; Instructions for Practical Living: 241-245
10/25The Nineteenth-Century Encounter of Civilizations: China
RTTP Readings: 1-18
10/28 The Nineteenth-Century Encounter of Civilizations: Korea
RTTP Readings: 19-41
10/30 The Nineteenth-Century Encounter of Civilizations: Japan
RTTP Readings: 42-58
11/1 RTTP Introduction: How to React/Historical Background/Roles & Factions
Gamebook: 1-41
Role Requests?
11/4 Faction Meetings
RTTP Readings: 59-68; Gamebook: 43-51
11/6 Political Reform Debate Proposals Due on 11/4 by 6 pm
RTTP Readings: 69-76; Gamebook: 75-80, 52-59
11/8 Social Reform Debate Proposals Due on 11/6 by 6 pm
RTTP Readings: 77-89; Gamebook: 64-74, 97-108
11/11 Economic Reform Debate Proposals Due on 11/9 by 6 pm
RTTP Readings: 90-99; Gamebook: 87-96, 109-117
11/13 Education Reform Debate Proposals Due on 11/11 by 6 pm
RTTP Readings: 100-109; Gamebook: 60-63, 82-86
11/15 Reform Proposals: Kabo & Chongdong Factions Proposals Due on 11/13 by 6 pm
Presentation and debate of the Kabo and Chongdong Reform Proposals
11/18 Reform Proposals: Kapsin & Taewon’gun Factions Proposals Due on 11/16 by 6 pm
Presentation and debate of the Kapsin and Taewon’gun Reform Proposals
11/20 Promulgation of Reform Plan
Voting on the four proposals followed by a discussion of the game
11/22 Modern China: From the Critique of Confucianism to the Confucian Revival
RTTP Readings: 110-128; Lin Biao/Confucius; Chinese Management; Confucius Institute
11/25 Modern Korea: A Confucian Society?
RTTP Readings: 129-136; Jongmyo; Family; Role of Women; Ask a Korean!
11/27 THANKSGIVING
11/29 THANKSGIVING
12/2 Modern Japan: A Confucian/Shinto/Buddhist Society?
RTTP Readings: 136-145; Shinto; Shinto Purification Rituals
12/4 Honji Suijaku: The Japanese Synthesis of Buddhism and Shinto
RTTP Readings: 145-163
12/6 Friday, December 6
Final Paper: Reform Program Analysis