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HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION IN CHINA
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA E DELLE RELIGIONI IN CINA

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Selusi Ambrogio Make appointment by email
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English Mandarin Chinese
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Curriculum: LINGUISTICO CULTURALE ORIENTALE
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Learning Objectives

Development of the autonomous critical skills of the student, basic knowledge of the history of Chinese thought and of its implication in the acquaintance with Chinese people, ability to challenge both positive and negative stereotypes.

Program

Basic knowledge of the history of Chinese thought - esp. Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and Neoconfucianisms -, and of its actual developments. Understanding of the history of the cultural contacts between China and Europe since the Romans and particularly in the modern age, with a special focus on the elaboration of the Oriental disciplines (Sinology and Chinese philosophy) within European culture. Focus on the consequences of the prejudicial definitions of this "Oriental thought" based on the assumption of "alterity" or "otherness" (East) as the opposite of the "self" (West). A general outline of the concept of religion as applied to the Chinese context, a few cultural elements of Chinese "religious" and "folk" culture.

Bridging Courses

No previous knowledge of both classical and modern Chinese is mandatory.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Knowledge and understanding: the student reaches a basic knowledge of Chinese thought and he is aware of differences and similarietis with Western thought.

- Applying knowledge and understanding: the student develops a critical ability in the analysis of a philosophical text that he would apply at any field of the Chinese Studies.

- Making judgements: the student can question autonumously a philosophical and cultural content, fully aware of his cultural assumptions.

- Communication skills: the student is able to discuss and debate orally an intercultural and philosophical thesis.

- Learning skills: the student acquires the metodological skills and the biblio-critical competences necessary in the future writing of a degree thesis.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Handout of philosophical texts in translation (with Chinese)

Slides of the lessons


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons followed by a guided debate.

Slides on each topic.

Attendance

Willingness to criticise stereotypes and preconceptions, openness to challenge cultural assumptions, personal interest in Chinese thought.

Course books

Texts (A=Adopted; C=suggested)
1 Anne Cheng, Storia del pensiero cinese Einaudi Torino 2000 A
(chapters I-XIII,XIV, XV, XVI, XVII.1-3, XVII.8-18, XVIII, XIX, XX.1-8, XX.10-11, XXI.7, XXI.9, XXI.4, XXII.1, XXII.5, XXII.7)

2 A. C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao Open Court Printing, Chicago and La Salle 1989 C
3 Anne Cheng, Y a-t-il une philosophie chinoise? Un état de la question Presses Universitaire de Vincennes, Saint-Denis 2005 C
4 Tiziana Lippiello (trad) Confucio. Dialoghi. Einaudi Torino 2003 C
5 Maurizio Scarpari, Mencio e l'arte di governo Marsilio Venezia 2013 C
6 Maurizio Scarpari, Xunzi e il problema del male Cafoscarina Venezia 1997 C
7 Tiziana Lippiello (trad), La costante pratica del giusto mezzo, Marsilio Venezia 2010 C
8 Attilio Andreini, Laozi. Genesi del "Daodejing" Einaudi Torino 2004 C
9 Jean François Billeter, Lezioni sul Zhuangzi Nottetempo Roma 2009 C
10 Anne Cheng, La pensée en Chine aujourd'hui Gallimard Paris 2007 cap. 6-7 C
11 Maurizio Scarpari Il confucianesimo. I fondamenti e i testi, Einaudi Torino 2010 C
12 Attilio Andreini, Maurizio Scarpari, Il Daoismo Il Mulino Bologna 2007 C
13 Maurizio Paolillo, Il Daoismo. Storia, dottrina, pratiche. Carocci Roma 2014 C
14 H.G. Moeller La filosofia del Daodejing Einaudi Torino 2007 C
15 S. Zacchetti Fazang, Trattato sul leone d'oro Esedra Padova 2000 C
16 Richard Robinson, Willard L. Johnson, La religione buddhista: un'introduzione storica Ubaldini Roma 1998 cap. 1, 2, 8 C
17 Urs App, The Birth of Orientalism, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 2010 C
18 Urs App, The cult of Emptiness. The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy UniversityMedia Rorschach/Kyoto 2012 C
19 Amina Crisma, Neiye. Il tao dell'armonia interiore. Garzanti 2015

The core manual is number 1 by Anne Cheng, available in several languages except English and Chinese. The student who is unable to read a full book in Italian language could ask the professor for a different reading list, as the book number 2 by Graham with integrations.

Also the provided handout with essays on religion in China today is compulsory.

Assessment

The exam is an oral discussion, the student needs the full study of the core manual (also in other languages than Italian) and he has to comment a few philosophical texts.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Further readings to be decide with the professor.

Attendance

Attendance is recommended since several sections are not fully covered by the manual.

Who is unable to attend lessons is invited to discuss with the professor a further reading activity, likely from the list.

Course books

Testi (A=Adottati; C=Consigliati)
1 Anne Cheng, Storia del pensiero cinese Einaudi Torino 2000 A
2 A. C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao Open Court Printing, Chicago and La Salle 1989 C
3 Anne Cheng, Y a-t-il une philosophie chinoise? Un état de la question Presses Universitaire de Vincennes, Saint-Denis 2005 C
4 Tiziana Lippiello (trad) Confucio. Dialoghi. Einaudi Torino 2003 C
5 Maurizio Scarpari, Mencio e l'arte di governo Marsilio Venezia 2013 C
6 Maurizio Scarpari, Xunzi e il problema del male Cafoscarina Venezia 1997 C
7 Tiziana Lippiello (trad), La costante pratica del giusto mezzo, Marsilio Venezia 2010 C
8 Attilio Andreini, Laozi. Genesi del "Daodejing" Einaudi Torino 2004 C
9 Jean François Billeter, Lezioni sul Zhuangzi Nottetempo Roma 2009 C
10 Anne Cheng, La pensée en Chine aujourd'hui Gallimard Paris 2007 cap. 6-7 C
11 Maurizio Scarpari Il confucianesimo. I fondamenti e i testi, Einaudi Torino 2010 C
12 Attilio Andreini, Maurizio Scarpari, Il Daoismo Il Mulino Bologna 2007 C
13 Maurizio Paolillo, Il Daoismo. Storia, dottrina, pratiche. Carocci Roma 2014 C
14 H.G. Moeller La filosofia del Daodejing Einaudi Torino 2007 C
15 S. Zacchetti Fazang, Trattato sul leone d'oro Esedra Padova 2000 C
16 Richard Robinson, Willard L. Johnson, La religione buddhista: un'introduzione storica Ubaldini Roma 1998 cap. 1, 2, 8 C
17 Urs App, The Birth of Orientalism, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 2010 C
18 Urs App, The cult of Emptiness. The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy UniversityMedia Rorschach/Kyoto 2012 C
19 Amina Crisma, Neiye. Il tao dell'armonia interiore. Garzanti 2015

Assessment

The exam is an oral discussion, the student needs the full study of the core manual (also in other languages than Italian) and he has to comment a few philosophical texts.

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