PHIL 213 Exam Topics B for March 4, 2009.
I will not be overly picky about dates and names. However, you
should know major figures and thinkers covered in the course so far
and the major ideas associated with them:
Early Chinese Philosophical Schools
- San-lun School: What is the "middle" according to Chi-tsang?
What are the four middles according to him?
- T'ien-t'ai School: Chih-i's conception of the human nature
versus the nature of ultimate reality: karmically evil versus
Ancient Chinese Mythology and Confucius
- Sage Kings - Who were they?
- What role did Confucius envision for himself?
- Key Terms: li (rites and rituals), yi
(righteousness), jen (benevolence and humanity),
hsiao (filial piety)
Confucius' orchestral vision of society
- In what sense is Confucius vision of society "orchestral"?
(There are at least five characteristics.)
- Fingarette - What do these mean: "Secular as Sacred," "Human
Community as Holy Rite," "Way without a Crossroad," "A Confucian
Metaphor - The Holy Vessel"
- The Story of how the Zhuangzi was compiled
- The relation between perspectivalism, illusion, and oneness in
Zhuangzi's view of language, truth, and reality
- The social and philosophical significance of figures like Cook
Ding and Woodworker Qing, Crippled Shu and the Madman of Chu.
- How does Zhuangzi relate his view of life and death to
Bodhidharma and the founding of Chan/Zen Buddhism
- The encounter with Emperor Wu
- Dialogue with four disciples and transmitting the Seal of the
Dharma to Hui-k'o
- Possible Taoist and Confucian influences
Zen Master Dogen
- Why did Dogen go to China?
- What are his practices of Sitting-only and
- What does Dogen mean by "insufficiency"?
The Pure Land figure Shinran
- The central practice in the Shin school of Pure Land Buddhism
is saying the Name, Namu Amida Butsu. What does Namu refer to, and
what does Amida Butsu signify?
- What is the relationship between "foolish being" and "Amida