Spring 2023

Ancient Philosophy in Dialogue: China, India, and Greece

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-241  |  Religion, as RELI-241

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Jyl Gentzler (Sections 01 and 01F)
James Harold (Section 01)
Maria R. Heim (Sections 01 and 02F)


(Offered as PHIL 241 and RELI 241). This course puts into dialogue the ancient philosophical traditions of China, India, and Greece. We will explore their reflections and debates on how to live a good life, how to gain knowledge, and how to understand our place in the universe. Through close readings of texts, we will compare ancient philosophical conceptions, styles of discourse, and intellectual contexts. The course reconsiders the Eurocentric history and ideologies of many modern conceptions of philosophy.

No prerequisites. Limited to 60 students. Spring semester. Professors Gentzler, and Heim, and Harold. 

How to handle overenrollment: Registrar will use lottery to determine enrollment

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work and readings.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023