Topics: Please choose one of the following topics. The writing should be based on these books:
-Yao, X. 2000. An Introduction to Confucianism. Cambridge University Press. (entire book)
-de Bary, W.T. et al. 1999. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1: From Earliest Times to 1600. Columbia University Press. ( Confucius, Mencius, and Xun-Zi sections)
-de Bary, W.T. et al. 1999. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1: From Earliest Times to 1600. Columbia University Press. (your choice of neo-Confucians)
The topics are:
- Compare and contrast western and East Asian systems of law and justice
- explain Confucian moral theory a practice explain the five constant virtues and the concept of ren
- explain Confucian political economy and its lasting legacies
- explain Confucian law
- explain Confucian ritual theory
- explain the characteristics of modernity and apply them to Confucian East Asia
Citations and Works Cited: Use parenthetical citations including lecture date or page number as is appropriate (Magagna Lecture DATE; Yao 2002 at 14). Works cited pages are not necessary unless citing material other than lectures or books listed in the syllabus’s required reading section. You may cite one source from outside class a maximum of two times.
Length: Essays shall be no longer than 7 pages. We will stop reading at the 7th page. There is no official minimum length. We do grade, however, on your ability to sustain arguments about complicated topics about which whole books are written so you should really not be surprised if your essay that ends with one word on the sixth page gets positively destroyed by the graders as showing insufficient argument or detail.
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