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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Confucius: History, Culture, Text Syllabus 2016 (b)

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[a] Entrance RF
Confucius: History, Culture, Text
History 310
Spring 2016
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:50 a.m.

Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                 Tuesday           12:00-1:30
363-2005                                                                                   Thursday         12:00-1:30                                                                    …or by appointment 

Required Books         
Ames, Roger T., and Henry Rosemont, Jr. The Analects of Confucius
Ames, Roger T. Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary
Bateson, Gregory. Steps to an Ecology of Mind
Durkheim, Emile. Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings
Eisenstein, Sergei. Film Form
Fingarette, Herbert. Confucius: The Secular as Sacred
Makeham, John. Transmitters and Creators
Marx, Karl. The Portable Karl Marx
Mead, George H. Mind, Self, & Society
Mills, C. Wright. The Sociological Imagination
Singer, Dorothy G. A Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks
Simmel, Georg. On Individuality and Social Forms
Sun, Anna. Confucianism as a World Religion
Veblen, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class
Weber, Max. From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology
All books are on library reserve

On Library ReserveRequired Reading
Coser, Lewis A. Masters of Sociological Thought: Ideas in Historical and Social Context

Course Description
Confucius’s slim, posthumous text, the Analects, is one of the most influential books in human history, and has shaped a way of thinking about social relationships that has profoundly influenced Chinese, Japanese, and Korean families for many centuries. Its “reach” has extended markedly with China’s newfound place in changing world. This course will examine the “sociology” of the Analects in relation to some of the most fascinating social theory of the last century. Students will examine “social agency theory,” and analyze it with and “against” Confucius’s own “social theory” throughout the term. Final projects will emphasize students’ own major strengths in anthropology, history, sociology, and Chinese studies. Prerequisite: junior status and two courses in history, anthropology, or Asian studies (or consent of instructor).

Quizzes/attendance                   15%
Midterm Exam                            25%     
Research Proposal                    15%    
Research Paper                         45%                       
Daily attendance and class participation are expected; absences during the semester will affect your grade. Late assignments will be penalized. 

Click here for either half of the Confucius Syllabus
Weeks 1-8        Weeks 9-16
History 310
Confucius: History, Culture, Text
Spring 2016
Week IX
Midterm Exam Week
Tuesday, March 15
In-class exam preparation.

Thursday, March 17
In-class written exam (ninety minutes)
            Reading TBA
Essay portion of midterm examination due by noon on Monday, March 21

Week X
Confucian Commentary
Tuesday, March 22
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus) 
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 103-133 (Books 6-10)
Makeham, Transmitters and Creators
       Part I Commentary as Authority
            He Yan, Authorship, and Xuanxue Thought
            Innovation As/Through Form
       Part II Commentary as Philosophy
            Huang Kan and the Shu Genre
            The Philosophical Character of Elucidation of Meaning
            Buddhist and Institutional  Influences on Huang's Thought
Thursday, March 24
Makeham, Transmitters and Creators
       Part III Beyond Method: Zhu Xi's Lunyu jizhu (Collected Annotations on the Analects)
            Zhu Xi, Commentary, and the Analects
            Zhu Xi on Learning
            The Rhetoric and Reality of Learning to Be a Sage
      Part IV Method and Truth: Liu Baonan's...Lunyu zhengyi (Correct Meaning of the Analects)
           Liu Baonan and Liu Gongmian
           Liu Baonan and Han Learning
           Confucius as Cultural Custodian
Week XI
Confucian Role Ethics
Tuesday, March 29
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus) 
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 134-193 (Books 11-15)
Ames, Confucian Role Ethics
            Introduction: "Appreciating Confucianism
            An Interpretive Context for Understanding Confucianism
            The Confucian Project: Attaining Relational Virtuosity
Thursday, March 31
Ames, Confucian Role Ethics
            Confucian Role Ethics
            Confucian Human-Centered Religiousness
            Epilogue: The Limits of Confucian Role Ethics

Week XII
Thorstein Veblen and the Leisure Class
Tuesday, April 5
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus) 
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 194-229 (Books 16-20)
Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
            Note on the Text
            Select Bibliography
            A Chronology of Thorstein Bunde Veblen
       Pecuniary Emulation
       Conspicuous Leisure
       Conspicuous Consumption
       The Pecuniary Standard of Living
       Pecuniary Canons of Taste
Thursday, April 7
Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
       Dress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture
       Industrial Exemption and Conservatism
       The Conservation of Archaic Traits
       Modern Survivals of Prowess
       The Belief in Luck
       Devout Observances
       Survivals of the Non-Invidious Interest
       The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture
 Coser, Masters of Sociological Thought
       Thorstein Veblen 1857-1929
            The Work, 263
            The Man, 275
            The Intellectual Context, 289
            The Social Context, 293
            In Summary, 301
Jean Piaget and Development
Tuesday, April 12
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus) 
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 71-102 (Books 1-5)
Singer, A Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks
            Preface to the Revised Edition 
       Jean Piaget and His Theory
       The Stages of a Child's Development
       How Intelligence Develops
       Playing and Imitating
Thursday, April 14
Singer, A Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks
       How Language Develops
       Discovering Space, Time, and Numbers
       Learning About Right and Wrong
       Beyond Piaget: Using His Theory for Teaching, Learning, and Parenting

Week XIV
Sergei Eisenstein and "Segments"
Tuesday, April 19
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus) 
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 103-133 (Books 6-10)
Eisenstein, Film Form
       Through Theater to Cinema
       The Unexpected
       The Cinematographic Principle and the Ideogram
       A Dialectic Approach to Film Form
       The Filmic Fourth Dimension
       Methods of Montage
Thursday, April 21
Eisenstein, Film Form
       A Course in Treatment
       Film Language
       Film Form: New Problems
       The Structure of the Film
       Dickens, Griffith, and the Film Today

Week XV  
Gregory Bateson and "Schismogenesis"
Tuesday, April 26
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 134-193 (Books 11-15)
Bateson, Steps to An Ecology of Mind
            Foreword by Mary Catherine Bateson, 1999
            Foreword, 1971
            Introduction: The Science of Mind and Order
       Part I: Metalogues
            Metalogue: Why Do Things Get in a Muddle
            Metalogue: Why Do Frenchmen?
            Metalogue: About Games and Being Serious
            Metalogue: How Much Do You Know?
            Metalogue: Why Do Things Have Outlines?
            Metalogue: Why a Swan?
            Metalogue: What Is an Instinct?
       Part II: Form and Pattern in Anthropology
            Culture Contact and Schismogenesis
            Experiments in Thinking about Observed Ethnological Material
            Morale and National Character
            Bali: The Value System of a Steady State
            Style, Grace, and Information in Primitive Art
            Comment on Part II
       Part III: Form and Pathology in Relationship
            Social Planning and the Concept of Deurtero-Learning
            A Theory of Play and Fantasy
            Epidemiology of a Schizophrenia
            Toward a Theory of Schizophrenia
            The Group Dynamics of Schizophrenia
            Minimal Requirements for a Theory of Schizophrenia
            Double Blind, 1969
            The Logical Categories of Learning and Communication
            The Cybernetics of "Self": A Theory of Alcoholism
            Comment on Part III
Thursday, April 28
Bateson, Steps to An Ecology of Mind
       Part IV: Biology and Evolution
            On Empty-Headedness among Biologists and State Boards of Education
            The Role of Somatic Change in Evolution
            Problems of Cetacean and Other Mammalian Communication
            A Re-examination of "Bateson's Rule"
            Comments on Part IV
       Part V: Epistomology and Ecology
            Cybernetic Explanation
            Redundancy and Coding
            Conscious Purpose versus Nature
            Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation
            Form, Substance and Difference
            Comment on Part V
       Part VI: Crisis in the Ecology of Mind
            From Versailles to Cybernetics
            Pathologies of Epistemology
            The Roots of Ecological Crisis
            Ecology and Flexibility in Urban Civilization     
Week XVI
Text, History, Culture
Tuesday, May 3
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 194-229 (Books 16-20)
Sun, Confucianism as a World Religion
            Confusions over Confucianism
       Part I, The Puzzle of Classification: How Did Confucianism Become a World Religion?
            Four Controversies over the Religious Nature of Confucianism: A Brief History of Confucianism
            The Making of World Religion: Confucianism and the Emergence of Comparative....
            The Confucianism as a Religion Controversy in Contemporary China
       Part II, The Problem of Methodology: Who Are the Confucians in China?
            Confucianism as a World Religion: The Legitimation of a New Paradigm
            Counting Confucians through Social Scientific Research
            To Become a Confucian: A New Conceptual Framework
       Part III, The Reality of Practices: Is Confucianism a Religion in China Today?
            The Emerging Voices of Women in the Revival of Confucianism
            The Contemporary Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ritual Practices
            The Politics of the Future of Confucianism
[b] Sage...brush RF
Click here for either half of the Confucius Syllabus
Weeks 1-8        Weeks 9-16

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