ANS 372 / PHL 348 / CTI 375

Classical Chinese Philosophy
Fall 2015



Course unique numbers: 30905 (ANS) & 41669 (PHL) & 33130 (CTI)
Class meetings:
MWF, 1-2 pm in in MEZ 1.120
Course website at
For the updated version of this syllabus, consult the course website.

David Sena
Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies
Tel: (512) 471-7965
Mailbox: WCH 4.120
Office: WCH 5.104C
Office hours: MWF 11:30 am -12:30 pm

Course description
This course examines the classical philosophical traditions of Chinese civilization.  Arising during the tumultuous Warring States period (5th-3rd centuries B.C.E), the seminal thinkers and texts of Confucianism, Daoism, and many other of the "hundred schools" set the foundation for discourses in ethics, political philosophy, and metaphysics in Chinese civilization over the next two millennia. Focusing on primary sources in translation, supplemented by a selection of secondary literature, this course introduces a broad range of classical thought, exploring its philosophical, religious, and social dimensions in historical context.

This course carries a University Global Cultures Flag. The goal of this flag is to challenge students to explore the beliefs and practices of non-U.S. cultural communities in relation to their own cultural experiences so that they engage in an active process of self-reflection.


Final grades will be calculated according to the criteria below. Grades of plus/minus will be assigned as appropriate.

Course website
A website for this course has been established at It is essential that you establish some means of accessing the site because the updated syllabus, course schedule, assignments, handouts, readings, and important announcements will all be distributed through the website. Student grades will be posted on Canvas. If you have any trouble accessing these tools, please consult the instructor.

The following textbooks are required and available at the University Co-op Bookstore:

Online Course Materials
Additional required readings for the class will be distributed electronically via UT Box, UT's file sharing application. All students will receive an e-mailed invitation from the instructor to a collaborative folder in UT Box. After accepting the invitation, students may access course material via direct links embedded into the course schedule, using your regular UT eid and password to sign into UT Box when prompted. Contact the instructor immediately should you have any difficulty accessing this material.

Instructor's Presentations
To facilitate individual review, copies of the presentations used by the instructor in class are available via links on the course schedule. These presentation files contain a minimal amount of explanation and are in no way intended to obviate the need for careful note-taking during class.

Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty
Students who violate University rules on academic integrity are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For further information please visit the Student Judicial Services website:

Students with Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities (tel. 512-471-6259 [voice] or 1-866-329-3986 [Video Phone], e-mail as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.