PH 321 Eastern Philosophy
S1J 2009 DN
Senior Adjunct Instructor
B.A. (English,Social Science)B.S.Ed. (English, Education)M.A. (English, Philosophy) (Teaching Fellow Univ. of MO: English; MO School of Religion)
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12 January - 8 March 2009
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Asian Philosophies ( Fifth Ed.) by John M. Koller (Prentice Hall) ISBN 0-13-195183-1
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Educational Philosophy: An old saying has it that "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet," but they have met and are increasingly interdependent. The world is a community, and mutual understanding is a vital necessity for peace and progress. The purpose of PH321 is to provide a foundation for that understanding based on a sympathetic study of the deepest aspects of Eastern thought, compared with and contrasted to Western tradition (particularly the tension between materialism and idealism). Class sessions will include readings, lectures, discussions, video essays, and demonstrations incorporating art and artifacts from India, Tibet, China, Vietnam, and Japan, and class members will produce analytical essays on readings and lectures in addition to standard tests and quizzes over assigned material.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Five Study-guide Sets and Quizzes at 10% each: 50%
Midterm Examination: 10%
Shorter Essay: 10%
Research Essay: 15%
Final Examination: 15%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments will be accepted late with the instructor's approval (and a good reason), but all material must be submitted by the last class, and exceptions (such as severe illness or military duty) will require verification and review by Park administrative staff.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Please remember to turn off cell 'phones or place them on silent mode during class sessions. Feel free to bring food or drink; class members who wish to use a laptop or tape recorder are welcome to do so. We will break for food about 6:40 and again for The Imperious Call of Nature about 8:15.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Following are class dates, topical quotations and comments, assignments (listed for the following week), and notes of tests and items due. All page and chapter references are to the Koller text; other material will be provided.
Class 1, 12 Jan.: The Eastern Way and the Western Ways: A Brief Introduction to the History of World Culture,
"There are only atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion." - Democritus of Abdera (450 BCE)
For next week, read Ch.1, 2, and 3 (note some have specific sections assigned); study guide set 1 due.
Class 2, 19 Jan.: "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,"
- Rig Veda, Book 10, Hymn 129
The Wisdom of India: The Hindu Tradition. (Study set 1 due; quiz 1; Campbell and Sagan video essays if time permits.)
For next week, read Ch.7, 9, and 11 (note some specific section assigned for 7 and 9).
Class 3, 26 Jan.: "If the brightness of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky,
That is as the splendor of the Mighty One; for I am become Death,
The Destroyer of Worlds."
from The Bhagavad Gita
Samsara and the Veil of Illusion: The Hindu tradition contrasted with the teleology of the Abrahamic religions.
Midterm review; study guide set 2 due; quiz 2.
For next week, read Ch. 4 and 5 (as assigned) and essays provided; study guide set 3 due.
Class 4, 2 Feb.: A good Buddhist question: what happens when your karma runs over your dogma?
(An introduction to the man who woke up.) Study guide set 3 due; MIDTERM exam.
For next week, read Ch. 19 and 20; study set 4 due; consider topics for paper 1 (due week 6).
Class 5, 9 Feb.: *Namaste!.. A sojourn in Tibet.
(*I salute the divine place in you which is also in me.)
Study guide set 4 due; quiz 4. For next time, read Ch. 14, 15 and essays provided; paper 1 due.
Class 6, 16 Feb.: I. You ZEN me, man!!! ("A little foolishness - enough to enjoy life; a little wisdom - enough to avoid the errors; that will do!" - Osho
II: From The Analects of Reverend Master Kung: "What the superior person seeks is in the self; what the small person seeks is in others." (An introduction to Confucius and the Five Perfect Virtues.)
Paper 1 due; for next time read Ch 17 and 18 with study guide set 5; consider topic for paper 2 (due by week 8).
Class 7, 23 Feb.: "He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." - Tao Te Ching
"Know thyself." - Solon of Athens
I.Taoism and the great balance (and a brief introduction to Shinto). II.State religions in modern times: a short comment.
Final review; study set 5 due; quiz 5; paper 2 due next time; for next time, read Ch. 23.
Class 8, 2 Mar.: Joseph Campbell tells a story of hearing famous Zen scholar Daisetz Suzuki describe his reaction after studying Wesern beliefs: "I come here and see man against nature, nature against man; man against God, God against man; nature against God, God against nature.... veeeery funny religion!" Paper 2 due; all other work due; FINAL EXAM.
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