Dr. Jonathan Y. Tan
( 陳運佳教授 )
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Tue & Thu 10:00-11:15 p.m. (Honors Villa 1)

This course fulfills the following requirements:
(1) an elective in the Gender & Diversity Studies Minor,
(2) a 300-level elective within the Undergraduate Core Curriculum for Theology.

This course introduces students to the two major indigenous religious traditions of China: Confucianism and Daoism. Originating from the Warring States period in China's history (403-221 B.C.E.), Confucianism and Daoism provide many of the foundational assumptions about humanity and the world within Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. The class will learn about these two great traditions through their religious texts, thinkers, doctrines, ethics, rituals, history, and social movements.


The Master [Confucius] says:
"Learning without thinking is a waste of time,
Thinking without learning is dangerous" (Analects 2:15).


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Wing-tsit Chan
Sourcebook in
Chinese Philosophy

(Princeton, 1963)

Herbert Fingarette
Confucius: The
Secular as Sacred

(Waveland, 1998)

Eva Wong
Shambhala Guide
to Taoism

(Shambhala, 1997)

Livia Kohn
Daoism and
Culture Culture

(Three Pines Press,

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