Classical Chinese Philosophy

A survey of the classics of Chinese philosophy from Kongzi (Confucius) to Han Feizi. The emphasis will be on reading each philosopher as a living thinker with contributions to make the problems and projects that occupy philosophers today. Special attention will be given to the disputes between the Confucian and Mohist schools of thought along with the Daoist reaction to those disputes. Topics to be discussed include: the good life, the nature and content of morality, the ideal political system, human nature, and a smattering of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. Philosophers to be discussed: Kongzi, Mozi, Mengzi, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Gongsun Longzi, and Han Feizi along with the Yangist essay “Robber Zhi.”