Course: Seminar in Eastern Philosophy

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Course title Seminar in Eastern Philosophy
Course code KFI/SVF
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Erban Vít, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Reading and analysis of classical texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taiosm and Confucianism, control of understanding, discussion and muse. BUDDHISM: - Buddha - Shantideva - Bodhidharma - Padmasambhava TAOISM: - Laozi - Zhuangzi - Huajnangzi CONFUCIANISM: - Confucius - Mengzi - Xun

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
Seminar informs students about basic topics, literary and thought style of the selected and the most important classical scriptures of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian philosophy and motivates them for looking for similarities and differencis in the comparision with the intelectual traditions of the West.
Through reading, analysis, explanation and discussion of basic classical texts students meet probably for the first time the different nature of topics, thought and literary style of Asian philosophy and religion scriptures and understand their mutual differencies and similarities. They enrich their view of what is and could be a philosophy.
No prerequisites

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Student performance assessment, Systematic student observation

- regular summarizing and thinking out the given text - 85 % attendance and active participation in discussion - final longer written essay on topic of "How Eastern style of thinking could be inspiring for Western culture?"
Recommended literature
  • BÓDHIDHARMA. Zenové učení Bódhidharmy. Olomouc : Votobia, 1997.
  • CARR, B. - MAHALINGAM, I. (ed.). Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy. London and New York : Routledge, 1997.
  • COLLINSON, D. - PLANT, K. - WILKINSON, R. Fifty Eastern Thinkers. London and New York : Routledge, 2000.
  • ČUANG-C´. Sebrané spisy. Lásenice : Maxima, 2006. ISBN 80-86921-00-X.
  • KONFUCIUS, MENCIUS, SUN-C´. A riekol majster: z klasických knih konfuciánstva. Bratislava : Tatran, 1990.
  • KONFUCIUS. Rozpravy. Praha : Mladá fronta, 1995.
  • LAO-C´. Tao te ťing. Praha : DharmaGaia, 2003.
  • LEAMAN, O. Eastern Philosophy: Key Readings. London and New York : Routledge, 2000.
  • LEAMAN, O. Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy. London and New York : Routledge, 1999.
  • McGREAL, I. P. (ed.). Velké postavy východního myšlení: slovník myslitelů. Praha : Prostor, 1998.
  • PADMA SAMBHAVA. Rady mistra Zrozeného z lotosu. Praha : DharmaGaia, 2004.
  • ŠÁNTIDÉVA. Uvedení na cestu probuzení. Praha : DharmaGaia, 2000.
  • ZBAVITEL, D. (ed.). Základní texty východních náboženství 2.: Raný indický buddhismus. Praha : Argo, 2008.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy and Religious Studies (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer