Taoism and Confucianism
                                   EALC 40 and Religion 33
Course Focus. This course is designed as an introduction to Taoism and Confucianism, the two dominant religious and philosophical systems of traditional China. It assumes no prior familiarity with either of them. To the degree that it does survey key writings within these two traditions chronologically, the course provides something of an historical overview. But it is not intended to be a comprehensive history nor a complete survey of all their many rituals and practices. Focus is upon the classics works of both traditions and the ways of thinking upon which they are based. 
Format. The course is blocked into a number of different chronological segments. Each begins with introductory remarks by the instructor designed to provide a broad interpretive framework.Students then consider a range of narrower issues that fit within this context through discussions focused on the works assigned. The attached schedule lists these segments and indicates when works will be discussed. Student will be assigned to prepare a list of typed questions ahead of time to structure the class discussions on some of these days. 

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revised March 21, 2000
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