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HUM 187 Taoism

Course Description

This class will focus on the two classics of Taoism: the Tao Te Ching and the writings of Chuang Tzu. By carefully examining the content of these major works, you will be introduced to the often elusive nature of Taoist philosophy. Understanding the historical context of Zhou Dynasty philosophy will also be important in evaluating these Taoist texts. In addition, we will look at selections from esoteric Taoist traditions such as Taoist alchemy. This will include C.G. Jung's commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower, a treatise on Taoist alchemy translated by Richard Wilhelm in the early 20th century. Jung's commentary is significant, because it was an early attempt to apply psychological theory to an esoteric Chinese tradition.

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