PHIL 145 Eastern Philosophy • 5 Cr.


Introduces the philosophical traditions of India, China, and Japan. Students explore concepts of value, self, reality, social/political philosophy, aesthetics, and religion in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and other traditions.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss a selection of classic, internationally respected texts. Explain the basic principles and claims of major Eastern philosophies. Explain how Eastern philosophies can relate to contemporary situations . Compare various Eastern schools of thought Articulate the reasons each tradition offers for its claims. Evaluate each philosophy for strengths and weaknesses Identify classical and contemporary artworks as influenced by one or more Eastern philosophyhy.