No. of Credits/Term : 3
Mode of Tuition : Lecture and tutorial
Class Contact Hours : 3
Category in Major Programme : Traditions and Practical Wisdom
Prerequisite(s) : -
Co-requisite(s) : -
Exclusion(s) : -
Exemption Requirement(s) : -
Brief Course Description
Confucianism and Taoism are generally regarded as the two main streams of Chinese philosophy.
Although Taoism is unlike Confucianism in that it does not possess an institutionalized orthodoxy, Taoism has greatly influenced many aspects of Chinese culture, such as painting and literature. Its metaphysics is also considered to exhibit the most typically philosophical thinking in Chinese culture. In this course, students will study the philosophies of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, and their influence within and beyond philosophy.
This course aims
1. To introduce Taoist philosophy of the Pre-Qin period;
2. To compare Taoism with Confucianism with regard to their themes, approaches, and doctrines;
3. To study the meaning of Taoism for daily life.
By the end of the course, students are expected to understand the spirit of Taoism in the Pre-Qin period. They are also expected to reflect on the meaning of life in light of Taoist wisdom.
a. The rise of Taoism
b. The main concern of Taoism
c. The characteristics of Taoist thinking
2. The Philosophy of Lao Tzu
a. The metaphysics Tao, Wu and Yu
b. Man and Tao How to live in the world
c. The ideal man
d. The ideal society
3. The Philosophy of Chuang Tzu
a. Tao, Te and Nature
b. Attitudes towards life and death
c. Attitudes towards knowledge
d. The effort for liberation
e. The state of absolute freedom
f. The difference between Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
4. The evaluation of Taoism
a. From a cultural point of view
b. As a source of insights for contemporary life
Lecture and tutorial
Measurement of Learning Outcomes
Assessment will be based on the presentation and performance in tutorials where they will discuss topics related to the themes of the course. Students are also requested to write a term paper and take the final examination. The assessment will be based on the knowledge they have earned and the depth of their reflection on the meaning of life in light of Taoist wisdom.
60% Continuous assessment; 40% Final examination
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YVei-hsun Fu, "Lao Tzu 's Concept of Tao',Inquiiy, Vo1. 16, 1973.