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Philosophy 302: Oriental Philosophy

Fall, 2000

Instructor: Lee C. Archie Office Hours:
Office: LC M33 MWF 10:00-11:00
Telephone 388-8383 TTh 11:00-12:30
Email: ICQ: 14365150

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I look forward to talking to each of you about our Oriental philosophy course. You are warmly encouraged to stop by my office to discuss classroom lectures, ideas, or problems. If the stated office hours do not fit your schedule, other times can be arranged.


Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha. San Francisco: New Directions, 1951.

John M. Koller. Oriental Philosophies. New York: Scribners’, 1992.

One other book of your choice is to be read. A suggested bibliography is given at the end of this syllabus.

Course Description

General Aims

The general purpose of this course is to provide an understanding and appreciation of Oriental life and thought. Specific characteristics and fundamental Oriental beliefs and thought are introduced, clarified, and examined in their practical aspects of everyday life.

Some of these main problems include:

w How can an understanding and an appreciation of Oriental philosophy be obtained?
w What are the fundamental philosophic problems of Oriental philosophy?
w How does Oriental life and thought differ from Occidental life and thought?
w What is the nature of relation between the Self and the universe?
w How do Oriental philosophies differ from Oriental religions?
w Of what does reality consist? How could we know?
w What should be the goals of life?
w What can be known about the purpose and meaning of life?

In this course you will learn how to inquire into some of complex philosophical problems of everyday life and begin to formulate your own philosophy of life. For this task, you will learn some effective methods of inquiry, analysis, and criticism. The central method used in our course is that of shared inquiry. We will learn some of the fundamental concepts of the world’s great philosophies and the use of these concepts in a re-examination of our own philosophies. Philosophy 302, Oriental Philosophy, fulfills the General Education Core Curriculum requirement for Humanities and Global Issues/Non-Western Studies.



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