Faculty of Arts

PHIL 334

Classical Chinese Philosophy

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 334.


Covering the Classical Period of Chinese Philosophy (600-200 BC) in depth, we will study extracts from the central texts of this period, including the Lunyu (Analects of Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Daodejing (Laozi), Zhuangzi, XunziHan 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 course shares lectures with PHIL 214 but has an additional seminar hour, extending the discussion to a higher level.

Also available for 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, 2003) ISBN: 0-87220-703-X

Additional readings will be made available on CECIL

Recommended Reading

A.C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao (Open Court,1989) ISBN: 0812690885



Coursework + exam


PHIL 334: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy OR 15 points at Stage II in Philosophy and 15 points from ASIAN 100, JAPANESE 150, CHINESE 130 or KOREAN 120


PHIL 214

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