Chinese Philosophy
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Hiina filosoofia
Course title in English
Chinese Philosophy
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To create opportunities for acquiring theoretical and factual knowledge about Chinese philosophical and intellectual traditions and religions and their development across the ages. To provide the students with a broad and exhaustive overview of the main philosophical issues and theories addressed by different trends of thoughts and thinkers and teach them how to work with the sources, how to independently review learned material, and to establish synchronic and diachronic connections between theories elaborated by Chinese traditional schools of thought, basic concepts and terms as well as religious practices. The course provides basic foundational knowledge and skills needed for participation in advanced special courses and seminars on China.
Brief description of the course
The course provides a broad and exhaustive overview of the main Chinese traditional trends of thought and philosophical schools, as well as the development of the most important religious systems and practices. The main topics introduced and discussed in class include Chinese philosophical and intellectual trends, most prominent thinkers of the Chinese intellectual tradition, and main religious teachings and practices. The students learn how to distinguish between different theoretical approaches and theories promoted by different trends and schools of thought, to competently elaborate on basic concepts employing the appropriate technical philosophical vocabulary and terminology, and to compare Chinese religious practices with similar phenomena present in other cultural and intellectual traditions. The role of Chinese philosophy and religion within the context of the “Sinosphere” and the East-Asian region as well as its global relevance will also be addressed.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has acquired solid foundational knowledge about the formation of the main Chinese philosophical trends and schools of thought, and the trans-historical development and evolution of Chinese philosophical ideas, concepts, and religious beliefs and practices;
- is capable of discussing topics and main relevant ideas learned in class, contributing an original perspective on the issues addressed;
- has a clear understanding of the major Chinese intellectual and philosophical trends, schools of thought and thinkers across the ages;
- is able to analyse Chinese philosophical texts;
- is able to use the technical philosophical vocabulary and establish meaningful connections between topics discussed in class from a synchronic and diachronic perspective;
- has the ability to compare major Chinese intellectual and philosophical trends and school and their cardinal tenets with similar intellectual phenomena and theories developed in the Western philosophical tradition.
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