Faculty of Arts

PHIL 214

Classical Chinese Philosophy

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 214.


This course concerns the Classical Period of Chinese Philosophy (600-200 BC). You will study extracts from the central texts of Chinese philosophy including the Lunyu (Analects of Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Daodejing (Laozi), Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Han feizi, Zhongyong (Doctrine of the Mean), Da Xue (Great Learning), and Lüshi Chunqiu (The Spring and Autumn Annals of Lü Buwei). Within these texts we will focus on topics in ethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of mind and language. The emphasis will be on developing your ability to read and interpret philosophically within a context of debate that is both culturally and historically remote. Although all texts will be read in English translation, we will pay close attention to relevant linguistic concerns, and students with a background in Chinese will be encouraged to look at the original. 

Also available as part of the Asian Studies major.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018




Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden, eds., Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (Hackett Publishing, 2003).  ISBN:  0-87220-703-X 

Additional readings are made available on CECIL


Coursework + exam


PHIL 214: 15.0 points


30 points in Philosophy or 15 points from ASIAN 100, JAPANESE 150, CHINESE 130 or KOREAN 120


PHIL 334

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