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.