Postgraduate Course: Chinese Philosophy MSc (PHIL11223)
|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
|This course is an introduction to some of the key debates and ideas in Chinese Philosophy.
This course will introduce students to key debates and ideas from Chinese philosophy. Our focus will be on issues concerning the mind, the good life, and relations between the two. We¿ll read a range of influential texts from traditions like Confucianism and Daoism. We will unpack the arguments of these texts and critically assess the views they put forward. This will lead us to explore topics like:
¿ Human nature: Are humans inherently selfish, inherently altruistic, or something else? What role does culture play in shaping who we are?
¿ Virtue: How can we become better people? What would the mind of a truly wise person be like? Do feeling and emotion play an important role?
¿ Ineffability: Can the bounds of good ethical conduct be conveyed through language? Can the nature of reality? If not, then what role (if any) can philosophy play in helping us to grasp them?
The course does 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
|Not being delivered
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key debates in Chinese Philosophy
- Independently analyse the most influential texts in Chinese Philosophy
- Demonstrate core skills in philosophy, including the ability to interpret and engage with philosophical texts, to evaluate arguments, and to develop one's own critical ideas
Van Norden (2011), Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy
Ivanhoe and Van Norden (eds) (2005), Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy
Tiwald and Van Norden (eds) (2014), Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
|Dr Jennifer Marusic
|Miss Sabina Ali
Tel: (0131 6) 50 4400