KSCB020 Early Taoism

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2014
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc.
Center for Chinese Studies - Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Vávrová Mašková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Center for Chinese Studies - Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Tue 12:30–14:05 M24
Prerequisites (in Czech)
RLB61 Religions in China || KSCB003 Religions in China || KSCA018 Chinese philosophy I
Kurz vyžaduje znalost angličtiny (některé texty, se kterými se v kurzu pracuje, jsou v angličtině). Základní znalost čínštiny je výhodou, ale nevyžaduje se.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 7 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- understand and explain the essential concepts and ideas of the Chinese philosophical thought
- analyse the concepts' significance in actual texts
- critically analyse the cathegories traditionally applied to Chinese philosophy
- analyse and interpret Chinese philosophical texts in translation
  • (0) Introduction
  • (1) What is taoism?
  • (2) Dao
  • (3) De
  • (4) Wuwei
  • (5) Students' presentations
  • (6) Self-cultivation in early taoism (qi, jing, shen)
  • (7) Perfect action in early taoism
  • (8) Ziran
  • (9) Students' presentations
  • (10) Early commentaries on the Laozi - Wang Bi and Zhuang Zun
  • (11) Early commentaries on the Laozi - Heshang gong and Xiang'er
  • (12) Students' presentations
    required literature
  • LAOZI. Tao te ťing : o tao a ctnosti. Edited by Olga Lomová - Berta Krebsová. 2., opr. a dopl. vyd., celko. Praha: DharmaGaia, 2003. 268 s. ISBN 8086685128. info
    recommended literature
  • CHENG, Anne. Dějiny čínského myšlení. Translated by Helena Beguivinová - Olga Lomová - David Sehnal - Dušan Vávra. 1. vyd. Praha: DrahmaGaia, 2006. xv, 688. ISBN 8086685527. info
  • KRÁL, Oldřich. Čínská filosofie : pohled z dějin. Vyd. 1. Lásenice: Maxima, 2005. 373 s. ISBN 809013338X. info
  • GRAHAM, A. C. Disputers of the Tao : philosophical argument in ancient China. 8. print. Chicago: Open Court, 2003. x, 502. ISBN 0812690885. info
  • SCHWARTZ, Benjamin I. The world of thought in ancient China. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. 490 s. ISBN 0674961900. info
Teaching methods
Reading, discussions
Assessment methods
- presentations, presence in the class, active participation in the class
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2012.
  • Enrolment Statistics (recent)
  • Permalink: https://is.muni.cz/course/phil/autumn2014/KSCB020