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PHL 216

Special Themes in Philosophy: Zen and Taoism


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PHL 216 Special Themes in Philosophy: Zen and Taoism


This course is an introduction to Zen and Taoism, tracing the origins of Zen in India to its subsequent development with Taoism in China and its refinement in Japan and the United States. It will examine their epistemological assumptions as well as their approaches to the self, reality and society. It will examine the similarities and differences between Zen and Taoism and present them as ways of living and being. The relationship of Zen and Taoism to aesthetics, politics, religion and other aspects of life and ways of living will be explored and will be contrasted with western philosophical approaches, perspectives and problems.


  • Prerequisite: None
  • Hours: 3
  • Credits: 3


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