PHIL 192Spring

Chinese Ethics and Asian Values

Compare Chinese and Western ethics as you explore the modern meaning of Chinese ethics: a transformation of a Chinese traditional value system into what is called Asian values
Yang Hengda
Course Introduction
Yang Hengda

Yang Hengda

M.A. Renmin University of China
Interests
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy

Chinese Ethics and Asian Values

This course is accredited through Loyola University Chicago
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Course Description

The body of this course consists in studies of five ethical schools in ancient China: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Mohism and Legalism. Since the course is a philosopher’s approach to those schools, the emphasis is upon the philosophical ideals contained in them, rather than upon any extended exegesis of the texts themselves. Specifically, the following structures govern the interpretation of each school: (1) a general introduction of each school: the text, most important characteristics, and influences; (2) central ethical ideas in each school; (3) the role of each school in the formation of a value system in the tradition; and (4) modern meaning of Chinese ethics: a transformation of a Chinese traditional value system into what is called Asian values during the industrialization of Asian countries. Comparison between Chinese and Western ethics will be encouraged.