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World Philosophy

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 20151M-F 12:15-3:05POpenWilliam Derek Bowman10672

Course Description

What does Confucius have to say about what career to choose? What does Buddhist or Islamic philosophy say about how to live your life? Examining the ideas from other cultures can be overwhelming and confusing. This course provides a basic overview of the context and major ideas from cultures around the world.

World Philosophy will give students a very broad overview of a wide variety of philosophical traditions. We will discuss ideas from China, India, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East. Students will become familiar with the context, central ideas, and important works from different traditions around the world.

The objectives of this course are as follows:
• Students will gain a broad overview of a wide variety of philosophical traditions from around the world.
• Students will gain a sense of both the similarities and differences in the ways in which philosophers from around the world have addressed perennial questions about the human condition.
• Students will develop the ability to reconstruct theories and arguments from difficult readings.
• Students will learn about and employ the tools of philosophical analysis to evaluate arguments.
• Students will get the opportunity to practice communicating complex ideas in writing and dialogue with the instructor and fellow students.

There are no prerequisites for this course.