This request is to change the title of this course (PHH3860: (FC) The Japanese Mind). The current course title reflects early twentieth century orientalist assumptions (outdated and irresponsible ways of approaching other cultures), and the current professor teaching the course would like to change the title to: PHH 3860: (FC) Japanese Philosophy Through Culture. The course description and outcomes are also being updated.
New Course Description:
This course is an introduction to Japanese philosophy through key elements of Japanese culture. We will explore Shinto, the indigenous world-view and practices of Japan; Japanese Buddhism, including Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren; bushido, or the samurai spirit; distinctive contributions of Japanese thinkers to neo-Confucianism; and Japanese aesthetics. As we do so, we will explore the differences between orientalism and responsible approaches to non-western cultures and philosophies. We will also discuss Japanese responses to the Buddhist problem of original enlightenment, think through the role of ritualized activities in Japanese culture, and learn what the hierarchical nature of Japanese language can tell us about life in Japan.