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01 Conscience and Heart: Crossing Perspectives
Instructor: Huaiyu Henry Wang (email@example.com note the email address on mycats is wrong!) MW 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Parkhurst II 126 Office Hours: MW 12:50-2 pm, 3:30-4:00pm T 2-5:40pm 317 Terrell Hall or by appointment Course Objectives: There is a deep irony in the progress of Western civilization since the beginning of Renaissance. On one hand, the development of the modern political and economic system is acclaimed for its respect and espousal for the rights and freedom of individuals. On the other hand, the advancement and dominance of Western powers have involved colossal human tragedies as caused by imperialism, colonialism, slavery, segregation, and economic and political oppressions around the world. This apparent incongruity in the progress of modernity raises profound questions about the meaning of humanity and the ground of ethics in traditional Western philosophies. This course will pursue a comparative study of the phenomena of conscience and heart and their relation to the question of ethics in contemporary European thinking and early Confucian moral teachings. Our investigation will approach the problem of conscience and heart from two perspectives. We shall first carry out a critical examination of the meanings of conscience in order to ascertain new possibilities of ethics in the Western intellectual tradition. After that, we will turn to early Confucian thinking to explore an alternative path of moral cultivation that is not pivoted on the authority of reason, but the sincerity of heart.
Required Texts Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, W.W. Norton & Company, 1989 Heidegger, Basic Writings, rev. & exp. Ed. by David Farrell Krell, Harper SanFrancisco, 1993 Mengzi, Mengzi: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries, trans. Bryan W. Van Norden, Hackett Publishing Company Inc. 2008
“The Way of Heart: Mencius’s Understanding of Justice. You must read the texts more than once. You are welcome and encouraged to discuss the exam questions with your group/classmates. 3 (July 2009). I require every student to fulfill the following two requirements for the sake of developing effective reading skills. you need to make your own judgment about how important and relevant are the author’s main points and whether his or her argument is right and sound. as well as your engagement with other groups’ presentation. A card on readings that has already been done is void. b) Participation in class discussions: In this class we will be not only learning philosophy but also doing philosophy. 59. you need to think about why an author says certain things and find out the basic lines of his or her argument. More detailed instruction for the paper will be discussed in class. to copy the works and ideas of others (as in wiring) in any form is strictly prohibited and will result in the same penalty for plagiarism and the failing grade for the course. along with another article/manuscript of Wang – “What is the Matter with Conscience” will be posted on Georgiaview). No. with no less than 50 words in total. You can submit the cards at any time before the beginning of the last class meeting on the text involved. Then. Presentation (10%) Each team will select a best paper to present to the class with another teammate’s comments within 15 minuets. These questions can be found on Georgiaview for two class periods before the due date of the paper. You will be evaluated according to the quality of the paper and comments. Attendance and participation (7%) a) Attendance: Prompt attendance is required and more than 2 unexcused absences and repeated lateness will affect your grade negatively. Samples of reading cards will be shown in the class and posted on Webvista. In this class. you need to read slowly and carefully to understand the basic meanings and structures of the text. However. your responses to questions from the general audience of the class. 317-63 (This article. a) Reading cards (8%): Each card should contain two short questions or comments or one substantially long question or comment about the assigned reading. Final Research Paper/Take Home Exam (30%) A final research paper/take-home exam (8 pages) is due at the beginning of class (11 am) on May 3. 2 . b) Short Paper responses (45%): Each student need to submit a four pages short paper due at the end of each part of study. with a total of 3 short papers (out of 4 texts) for the whole semester.Huaiyu Wang. Vol. First. Please talk to me if you have trouble participating. Each student need to submit a total of five reading cards through the whole semester. Course Requirement Reading and Short Paper Writing (53%) For many. Finally. The paper should address one set of questions the instruct assigns for paper topics. the effectiveness of presentation. I expect your participation and discussion and lack of participation will have negative impacts on your grade. Reading philosophical texts is very important and it differs from reading most other materials. this course may be sound a little like a course in intensive reading.” Philosophy East and West. But you can only submit one card on the reading that is currently under study and discussion. To submit all or most of the cards at the end of semester at once is unacceptable.
Civilization and Its Discontents. For more information. 2/24 BW< 328-341 3 . The Writing Center provides additional. I. Civilization and Its Discontents. nor do absences relieve a student of responsibility for material covered in class while the student is elsewhere. What is the matter with Conscience.Note: All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date specified. Lin’s Letter to Queen Victoria Georgiaview 1/18 MLK holiday No Class Reading Posted on 1/20 Wang. VI 2/10 Freud. II 2/1 Freud. The Question Concerning Technology. 1-10. individualized help to GCSU students. The Writing Center provides services Monday through Friday. Do not use elevators during a fire. Failure to complete or participate in the class presentation. remember to walk to the nearest exit. The Question Concerning Technology. An official letter from GCSU documenting your disability will be expected in order to receive accommodations. Civilization and Its Discontents. 318-328 Heidegger. call 445-3370. V. IV 2/8 Freud. VIII Reading Cards Due Part Three: The Other Way for the Question of Ethics within the Western Tradition Heidegger. 307-318 Heidegger. VII 2/15 Freud. for which no extension has been granted. any student found guilty of substantiated willful plagiarism will fail the course. Civilization and Its Discontents. Crawl on the floor in the event of heavy smoke. group project. Tentative Course Schedule Dates Readings Remarks Part One: What is the Matter with Conscience – Reflections on Colonialism and Imperialism 1/11 Introduction Wang.gcsu. Located in Lanier 209. Please review the Honor Code at http://www. with no additional fees. 11-25 Georgia view Part Two: Are Oppression and Repression Essential for Human Civilization? 1/25 Freud. any of the short paper. Cheating. III 2/3 Freud. What is the matter with Conscience. 2/17 Short Paper Due BW.edu/acad_affairs/coll_artisci/eng/writing/ Statement on Disabilities Any student requiring instructional modifications due to a documented disability should make an appointment to meet with me as soon as possible. Civilization and Its Discontents. or visit online at http://www. if the total score of the student does not mark an “F” already. * You must back up your written work with an electronic copy. Late Work: Your work must be completed on time so that it may be shared with classmates for review and grading. Failure to keep backups and present them when necessary will have the same effect on a student’s grade as not completing the assignment. 1/27 Freud.gcsu. The Question Concerning Technology. Work handed in late. Reading Posted on 1/13 Linze Xu. 2/22 BW. Absences do not change due dates. Note: In case of a fire or a fire drill any time during the semester. may be penalized up to half a letter grade per day for each day it is late. Assemble for a headcount once you get out of the building. Plagirarism.edu/honorcode. Civilization and Its Discontents. Information about the Writing Center: While I am always available to meet with you to give you advice and feedback on your writing. and the final research paper will result in a “D” for the course. and the GCSU Honor Code: Consistent with the “Community Pledge” required of all students (and spoken aloud at Convocation). Civilization and Its Discontents.
226-237 Heidegger. Profits 4/7 Mengzi. PEW. Thinking. BW.3/1 3/3 3/8 3/10 Heidegger. Book 2A 4/14 Mengzi. Book 1B 4/12 Mengzi. The Way of Heart.. The Way of Heart. 332-344 4/5 Mengzi. Group evaluation Final Paper Due A Summary of Appendix Please find and print the following supplementary documents and other handouts from the GCSU Webvista when available Sample Reading Cards Instruction on Academic Writing Instruction for the Use of Secondary Sources/References Scoring Rubrics Class Presentation Instruction 4 . Letter on Humanism. 214-226 Heidegger. Building. Book 2B 4/19 Mengzi Book 5B 4/21 Mengzi Book 6A Reading Cards Due 4/26 Class Symposium – Group Presentation Short Paper Due 4/28 Class Symposium – Group Presentation 5/3 Final Discussion. Letter on Humanism. Building. BW. Dwelling. Book 1A – Justice vs. 3/29 Wang. Thinking. Letter on Humanism. Letter on Humanism. 3533/17 Reading Cards Due 63 3/22 Spring Break No Class 3/24 Spring Break No Class Part Four: What Can We Learn from the Confucian Moral Teachings? Second Short paper Due. 237-251 Heidegger. BW. BW. BW. PEW. 317-332 Text available on Georgiaview 4/31 Wang. Dwelling. 3433/15 53 Heidegger. BW 252-265 Heidegger.
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