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EAST 1880B (East Asian Studies)
We will explore the key ideas and practices of the early Chinese Taoist tradition from its foundation in the wisdom poetry of "Inward Training" and the Lao Tzu through the didactic narratives of the Chuang Tzu and the Huai-nan Tzu. An emphasis will be placed on situating these ideas in their historical context. A particular focus of the course will be on the contemplative practices that are the basis of early Taoist philosophy, on the literary forms that transmit it, on the techniques of Taoist narrative such as humor and irony, and on placing Taoist thought in a comparative context with Western philosophy. Seminar format. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Prerequisites: preference will be given to students who have completed one of the following courses: "Great Mystical Traditions of Asia," "Foundations of Chinese Religions," "Confucian Ethics."
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