Eastern & Western Conceptions of Human Nature, Ethics, & Politics

PHIL 863S

Course deals with differences of value by understanding a variety of traditions: explores conceptions of human nature & how these connect with views about the good human life, duties, responsibilities, rights, & proper forms of political governance. International team leads discussions from comparative & cross-cultural perspectives. Critically examines Western sources, Chinese/Korean sources, Hindu, Buddhist, & Jain sources- analyzing how these ideas shape contemporary Western/East Asian/South Asian culture. All in context of contemporary scientific sources on human nature from psychology, anthropology, & primatology. Instructor: Flanagan or Wong