|Module title||Introduction to Chinese Philosophy|
|Module lecturer||dr Dawid Rogacz|
|Faculty||Faculty of Philosophy|
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room 215, Building C, Faculty of Philosophy, Szamarzewskiego 89
Module aim (aims)
After the module, a student:
• is familiarized with the thought of the greatest ancient Chinese philosophers
• possesses the ability to understand and interpret the source texts of Chinese thought
• is able to analyse and compare the core concepts of classical Chinese philosophy
• knows the influence of Chinese philosophy upon China’s society and culture
• has improved her/his intercultural communication skills in the context of Chinese culture
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
No prior knowledge of Chinese language or culture is required.
Week 1: Stylistic and theoretical distinctiveness of Chinese philosophy
Week 2: Origins of Chinese thought
Week 3: Confucius and his disciples
Week 4: Mencius
Week 5: Xunzi
Week 6: Laozi and Yang Zhu
Week 7: Zhuangzi
Week 8: Mozi and the Mohists
Week 9: School of Names
Week 10: Art of War. Shang Yang and Han Fei
Week 11: The Yin-Yang School and School of Agriculture. Correlativism under the Han. Evolution of Daoism
Week 12: Jia Yi and ancient economic thought. Eastern Han thinkers: Yang Xiong and Wang Chong
Week 13: Mysterious Learning and Pure Conversations
Week 14: Millenarianism of the Sect of Supreme Peace. Liezi and Daoist religion
General, non-obligatory readings. For background and overview of the classical Chinese philosophy please consult the following texts:
1. Bryan W. Van Norden, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy, Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis 2011.
2. Karyn Lai, An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008.
3. JeeLoo Liu. An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: From Ancient Philosophy to Chinese Buddhism, Blackwell Publishing, Maiden 2006.
4. Chan Wing-tsit, A Sourcebook in Chinese Philosophy, Princeton University Press, Princeton 1969.
5. Dawid Rogacz, Chinese Philosophy of History. From Ancient Confucianism to the End of the Eighteenth Century, Bloomsbury Academic, London 2020.
Specific, obligatory readings for each class will be provided at the first meeting.