This course is an introduction to the social and
religious traditions of the Asian continent. Through engagement with
primary sources students will examine different dimensions and
foundations of the spiritual and philosophical teachings that continue to
structure the lives of billions of people.
Course readings will be primary sources in religious and philosophical
In particular, the course will examine the concepts of self, nature, and society as they are articulated in the philosophy/religion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism, i.e. the four representative conceptual paradigms of holistic non-dualism.
Donald S. Lopez,
The Norton Anthology of World
The Four Chinese Classics
Burton Watson or other
Works of Chuang Tzu.