PHIL 295 - Seminar in History of Philosophy or Major Figures
Credits: 3 credits in fall-winter-spring, 4 in spring)
A consideration of selected issues in philosophy. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Fall 2019, PHIL 295A-01: Seminar in History of Philosophy or Major Figures: Chinese Buddhist Philosophy (3). An advanced survey of Chinese Buddhism. Buddhism was founded in India. After it entered China, Chinese Buddhists created four distinct forms of Buddhism—namely, Tiantai, Huayan, Chan/Zen, and Pure Land—by integrating Indian Buddhism with native Chinese ideas. We focus on the philosophical articulation and defense of these schools, and reflect on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. By examining the origin, development, and influence of Chinese Buddhism, students see how the three major trends of Chinese thoughts—Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism—are entangled with one another. We also discuss the relevance of Chinese Buddhism to Western philosophy. (HU) Kang.
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