PH321 Eastern Philosophy

for F2J 2007

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PH 321 Eastern Philosophy


F2J 2007 DN


Hartley, Harrison


Senior Adjunct Instructor


B.S.Ed. (English/Soc.Sci.) (MO Life Secondary English Certification)
B.A. (English)
M.A. (English/Philsophy); Graduate Studies (63 hours) M.U. (British/Am.Lit; Philosophy)

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Office Hours

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Semester Dates

22 October - 16 December (Beethoven's birthday) 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Oriental Philosophies 5th Ed. by John Koller; Prentice-Hall (2007) ISBN 9780131951839

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Course Description:
An introduction to the philosophical traditions of India, China and Japan. Topics include: (1) the development of the Upanishads and the orthodox Hindu schools, and emergence of Buddhist philosophy as a challenge to Hinduism; (2) the development and interaction of Confucianism and Daoism (and later Buddhism) in Chinese history and culture; (3) the transmission, development and transformation of Chinese philosophical schools in Japan. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The intellectual traditions of the Orient and Occident are rich but varied (and in several important ways, very different). This introduction to Oriental thought will be broad (reflecting the topic) and classes will include lectures, discussions, quizzes, tests, readings, video essays (when appropriate and as time permits), and demonstrations using artifacts from various world cultures. Requirements are listed below.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. At a minimum, those who successfully complete PH321 will be able to clearly identify and explain the basic concepts of both Oriental and Occidental intellectual traditions (including the ways they differ);
  2. Recognize, properly use, and define about 75 terms common to world philosophy and additional terms specifically associated with Eastern philosophy;
  3. Articulate and present a clear statement based on acceptable philosophical analytical principles of some aspect of Eastern thought as part of a formal essay requiring some research;
  4. Participate in discussions of considerable depth based on topics under examination so as to demonstrate a personal grasp of the purposes and principles of philosophy and its importance both culturally and personally.
Class Assessment:
PH321 will include comprehensive midterm and final examinations, five readings assignments/quizzes (these may or may include take-home portions), a shorter response paper comparing some aspect of Oriental and Occidental thought, and a paper requiring some research on an approved topic of interest. (Note: the instructor will assist with research materails.)


Five readings assignmenst/quizzes (10% each):           50%
Midterm Examination:                                               10%
Comparison essay:                                                    10%
Research Essay:                                                       15%
Final Examination:                                                     15%               

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Material may be submitted late with the instructor's permission (and a good reason), but ALL material must be submitted by the end of the last class session barring only the most verifiably dire circumstances imaginable!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please remember to put your cell 'phone on "Silent Notification" mode. We will break for food about 6:40 (philosophy does not compete well with an empty stomach) and again for The Imperious Call of Natuire about 8:15.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting 1: 24 October.     The Eastern Way and the Western Ways: A Brief History of World Thought
                                         For next week, skim Ch.1, read Ch. 2, 7, and 11 (sections assigned).
                                         *Quiz 1
Meeting 2: 31 October     Halloween in India!      (From the Rig Veda, Book 10, Hymn 129:)
                                                                      Who knows for certain? Who shall here declare it?
                                                                      Whence was it born and whence came this creation? ...
                                                                      Only He who surveys it from the lofty skies; Only He may know,
                                                                      Or perhaps, He knows not."
                                       For next week, read Ch. 3 and essays as assigned.
                                       Campbell video with notes essay if/as time permits.            *Quiz 2
Meeting 3: 7 Nov.          Karma, Good & Bad. (What happens when your karma runs over your dogma?)
                                      For next week, read Ch.4 & 5 selections and material from Prothero provided.
                                      *Quiz 3                     **Midterm review.
Meeting 4: 14 Nov.        When his disciples asked The Buddha, "What are you, Master?" he replied, "Awake."
                                      For next week, read essays/poems provided; consider pasper topics; paper due 28 Nov. 
                                     *MIDTERM EXAM
Meeting 5: 21 Nov.        Namaste! (I salute the divine place in you that is also in me.) A sojourn in Tibet.
                                      For next time, read Ch.14, 15, 17, & 18 (only sections assigned).
                                      *Quiz 4    (Paper progress?)
Meeting 6: 28 Nov.       The Dream of Chuang Tzu (and other marvels). China in Thought: A Very Short Course on a Very
                                     Large Topic!  For next week, read Ch. 19 & 22 (sections assigned) and material provided.
                                     *Quiz 5      *Paper due; consider research topic (due final night; outline/draft next time?)
Meeting 7:  5 Dec.         .... put it down!
                                     For next time, read summative material provided; prepare the research paper.
                                     *Final review.
Meeting 8: 12 Dec.       "He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened." Tao Te Ching
                                     *Research paper due. *Final examination
                                      For next time, remember: "Water that is too pure has no fish." - T'sai Ken T'an

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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