This unit will discuss the doctrines and concepts central to two different, but related traditions: Zen Buddhism and Taoism. It will examine the historical rise and development of these traditions through a critical study of the classics of Bodhidharma, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu and Dogen. The unit also explores the philosophical and the intellectual roots and phases of Zen - from India to China to Japan - and Taoism - from the early Taoists and the recluses to Lao Tzu and on to Chuang Tzu and the Neo-Taoists - and their relations to other traditions such as Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as to each other.
|Unit name||Zen and Tao: East Asian Philosophy|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Philosophy and Gender Studies|
Dr. Sonam Thakchoe
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development, methodology and philosophical positions within Daoism and East Asian Buddhism.
- Critically analyse philosophical and phenomenological positions and arguments discussed throughout the unit.
- Develop your own philosophical position, construct an argument to defend that position and to identify and address challenges to your own position.
- Communicate both verbally and in writing using philosophical language and academic style.
25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Semester 22-hr lecture per week and 1-hr tutorial fortnightly over 13-weeks
Launceston delivery is via video link
Task 1: Online quizzes (15%)
Task 2: Take-home exam, 2000 words (35%)
Task 3: Online discussion assessment (15%)
Task 4: Essay, 3000 words (35%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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