Asian Philosophy Syllabus & Schedule

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PHIL 37 FALL 2017, Class Code: 40967

FRI 1:30 – 4:20 PM, Room: BCC 14

Instructor: Eric Gerlach – email:

Office Hours: Friday 12:30 -1:30 pm @ K’s Coffee, next door to BCC

Fast Image Copy Center MapTexts:  The readings for the class will be posted at the top of each of the lectures online.

Assignments: Two 4-5 page essays (2 x 25%) & a final 7-10 page paper (50%)


Aug 25 – Introduction to Asian Thought

Sept 1 – Indian Thought & Hinduism

Sept 8 – The Upanishads & The Indian Epics

Sept 15 – The Orthodox & Unorthodox Indian Schools

Sept 22 – Buddhism in India & Tibet – 1st 4-5 pg Paper Due

Sept 29 – Buddhism in China & Japan

Oct 6 – Chinese Thought & The Hundred Schools

Oct 13 – Office hours for Papers

Oct 20 – Confucius & the Analects

Oct 27 – Mencius, Xunzi & Neo-Confucianism – 2nd 4-5 pg Paper Due

Nov 3 – Mozi & the Logicians

Nov 10 – No Class Veteran’s Day

Nov 17 – Daoism: Laozi, Zhuangzi & Liezi

Nov 24 – No Class Thanksgiving Break

Dec 1 – Zen Buddhism

Dec 8 – Warriors & Strategy: Sunzi & Bushido

Dec 15 – Office Hours for Final Papers – Final 7-10 pg Paper Due

This class is acceptable for credit at UC and CSU. It counts towards GE AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2; and IGETC area 3. It can be used as an elective for the Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Arts and Humanities, Associate in Arts Degree Program and the Liberal Arts: Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) Certificate of Achievement and the Global Studies AA Degree.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of major philosophers.

2. Analyze and evaluate philosophical positions through argument that displays individual perspective.

General Student Requirements: Students are expected to come to class prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. All readings and assignments should be completed by the beginning of class on the day they are listed here. This class is run as a lecture/discussion course.  Students are responsible for all class material (even if they miss class). If you miss class, it is strongly advised that you ask a classmate for notes. It is your responsibility to ask if you missed something; it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind you. Please read through the syllabus and plan ahead.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarists, intentional or inadvertent, will receive a zero on the assignment in question; repeat offenders will get an F for the course and will be subject to college disciplinary action. Students are encouraged to review plagiarism policies in the current Vista College catalog.  Attendance is mandatory. If you miss more than five classes, you will receive an F in the course. (Note: I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences; if you miss more than five classes, for any reason, you cannot pass the class.)

Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) are provided for any enrolled student who has a verified disability that creates an educational limitation that prevents the student from fully benefiting from classes without additional support services or instruction. Please let the instructor know if you require any support services or would like more information about DSPS.

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. Additional handouts of required readings may also be added.

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