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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 40, Issue 3, September 2017

Paul J. D'Ambrosio, Timothy Connolly
Pages 323-340
DOI: 10.5840/teachphil2017101874

Using Familiar Themes to Introduce Chinese Philosophy in Traditional Courses (for the Non-Specialist)

A number of recent scholarly works in Chinese philosophy approach Chinese texts and thinkers by incorporating them into longstanding issues and debates in the Western philosophical tradition. While the merits of this approach have received much discussion among those working in Chinese philosophy, it also has the potential to reach those outside the field whose research or teaching focuses on the debates and issues. In this article we look at the issue of using Chinese philosophy in courses on contemporary philosophical topics for non-specialists. We give the justification for this pedagogical approach, put forth a “syllabus” of preparatory readings, and finally, discuss its limitations and possibilities.

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