Postgraduate Course: Japanese Philosophy MSc (PHIL11212)
|School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Available to all students
|The purpose of this course is to examine major philosophical themes as they have been articulated in the history of Japanese philosophy.
Classical Japanese philosophy consists of multiple cultural, intellectual, and religious traditions, including a Native Shinto tradition, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Modern Japanese philosophy also engages with an influx of Anglo-European philosophical concepts against the backdrop of East Asian traditions. The upshot of this is that the emergence of many philosophical concepts in the intellectual history of Japan has been shaped, to a greater or lesser degree, by some form of cross-cultural thinking.
This course will focus on one such theme in the history of Japanese philosophy (the theme chosen may vary from year to year). This will allow students to pursue a two-fold objective: (1) to deepen their knowledge of the way in which Japanese thinkers articulated their problems (and sometimes solutions) in their distinct intellectual and historical context; (2) to engage in their own versions of cross-cultural thinking by reflecting on, and responding to, these problems and the (possible) solutions proposed by philosophers in the history of Japan.
This course will not assume any previous knowledge in the area. All reading will be in English translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the way in which Japanese thinkers articulated their problems (and sometimes solutions) in their distinct intellectual and historical context
- demonstrate their knowledge of themes in Japanese Philosophy
- improve core skills in philosophy, including ability to interpret and engage with philosophical texts, evaluate arguments, and develop critical ideas in response.
- analyse influential texts in Japanese Philosophy
|A detailed course reading list will be provided 4 weeks before the semester begins, via the Learn page or a course handbook.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
|Dr Takeshi Morisato
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
|Miss Sabina Ali
Tel: (0131 6) 50 4400