Saturday, August 13, 2011

Introduction to Asian Philosophy: Class & Reading Schedule


Aug 26 Introduction to Asian Thought
(No Readings - Buy the reader and do the readings for the next class period)

Sept 2 Indian Thought & Hinduism
A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy – Radhakrishnan & Moore (Princeton 1973): Intro & Vedas

Sept 9 The Upanishads & The Indian Epics
A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy : Upanishads & Epics
Existentialism & Vedanta – Chaudhuri (Philosophy East & West, 1962)

Sept 16 Jainism & other Indian schools
A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy: Jainism – Samkya

Sept 23 Buddhism in India & Tibet
Buddhist Thought – Paul Williams (Routledge 2000)
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy: Nagarjuna, Buddhist Logic & Tibetan Buddhism
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Evans-Wentz, Oxford 1960)

Sept 30 Buddhism in China & Japan
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy (Routledge 1997): Buddhism in China & Japan
The Diamond Sutra & Heart Sutra (Iyer, Concord Grove 1983)
The Tannisho (Shin Translation Series, 1995)

Oct 7 Chan/Zen Buddhism & Koans
Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy (Routledge 2003): Zen Buddhism
The Koan: Texts & Contexts in Zen Buddhism – Heine & Wright (Oxford 2000)
The Blue Cliff Record (Cleary, Shambhala 1977)
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones – Reps & Senzaki (Anchor)
The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu (Green, Shambhala 1998)

Oct 14 MIDTERM EXAM
(No Readings – Review for the Midterm Exam)

Oct 21 Chinese Thought & The Period of the Hundred Schools
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy: The Origins of Chinese Philosophy

Oct 28 Confucianism, Confucius & Mencius
Confucianism – Paul R. Goldin (University of California, 2011): Confucius & Mencius
The Analects of Confucius (Leys, Norton 1997)
Mencius (Lau, Penguin 1970)

Nov 4 Xun Zi, Neo-Confucianism & Wang Yang Ming
Confucianism: Xun Zi & Neo-Confucianism
Hsun Tzu – Basic Writings (Watson, Columbia 1963)
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy: Confucianism in Japan

Nov 18 Mo Zi & the Sophists
Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy: Mohism
Mo Tzu – Basic Writings (Watson, Columbia 1963)
Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy: Hui Shi & Gongsun Long

Dec 2 Daoism, Lao Zi & Zhuan Zi
Introducing Daoism – Livia Kohn (Routledge 2009)
Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching (Richard Wilhelm Edition, Arkana 1985)
Chuang Tzu: The Inner Chapters (David Hinton, Counterpoint 1998)

Dec 9 Warriors & Strategy: Sun Zi & Bushido
Sun Zi’s Art of War (Mair, Columbia 2007)
Death, Honor & Loyalty: The Bushido Ideal – Hurst (Philosophy East & West 1990)

Dec 16 FINAL EXAM
(No Readings – Review for the Final Exam)