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“East Asian Thought Systems” is a course offered at Tallinn University on July 25 – 29, 2011

the conceptual languages and problematics of non-European philosophical traditions remain largely unknown to Western students of the discipline. The great thought systems of India and China receive a brief mention in historical courses, but there are only a few philosophy departments in the universities of the Western world, where Indian, Chinese and Japanese philosophy would be studied as something as relevant to our own philosophical inquiries as ancient Greek or European medieval thought.

This year we will mainly focus on East Asian thought systems such as the thought of Confucius and his many followers as well as the teachings of Laozi, Zhuangzi and other thinkers of their kind, as well as various brands of Buddhist philosophy that have influenced Chinese and Japanese thought. The school will bring together leading researchers in East Asian philosophical traditions and students of both philosophy and Asian Studies to discuss the conceptual architectures of these traditions in order to diversify our understanding of our own thought and place it into a broader context. The study of world philosophy has also significant practical implications: an inquiry into Japanese thought traditions can clarify many specific aspects of contemporary Japanese social and political life, and knowledge of Confucianism helps us to understand the driving forces behind the recent development of China.

The course consists of a series of lectures, seminars and student workshops led by scholars known for their expertise in East Asian philosophical systems, such as Deborah Sommer, Gereon Kopf, Rein Raud and others.

This is the preliminary program:

=== 25 July
09:45-10.00
Registration in foyer

10:00-11.45
Opening, presentation of participants and introductory discussion: What is world philosophy? Overview of non-western philsophical traditions and their mutual influences (panel, all participants)

11.45-12.15
Coffee break/ participants socializing

12:15-14.00
Japanese Buddhism (Rein Raud)

14.00-16.00
Lunch

16.00-17.45
Confucianism (Deborah Sommer)
17.45-18.00
Coffee break

18.00-19.45
Discussion (Rein Raud & Deborah Sommer)

=== 26 July
9:00 -10.45
Japanese Philosophy (Gereon Kopf)

10.45-11.15
Coffee break

11:15-13.00
„Emptiness and Nothing in Buddhist Philosophy” (Andrew Whitehead)

13:00-15.00
Lunch

15:00-17.00
Discussion (Gereon Kopf & Andrew Whitehead)

=== 27 July
9:00 -10.45
„The Moral Fool” (Hans-Georg Moeller)

10.45.11.15
Coffee break

11.15-13.00
Classical Chinese Cosmology (Geir Sigurdsson)

13:00-15.00
Lunch

15:00-17.00
Discussion (Hans-Georg Moeller & Geir Sigurdsson)

=== 28 July
9:00 -10.45
Discussion with students (Gereon Kopf)

10:45-11.15
Coffee break

11.15-13.00
Discussion with students (Deborah Summer)

13:00-15.00
Lunch

15:00-16.45
Discussion with students (Andrew Whitehead)

=== 29 July
9:00 -10.45
Discussion with students (Hans-Georg Moeller)

10.45.11.15
Coffee break

11.15-13.00
Discussion with students (Geir Sigurdsson)

13.00-15.00
Lunch

15.00-16.45
Open lecture „Philosophy and poetry as ways to wisdom” (Rein Raud)

17.00-19.00
Closing Ceremony
Tallinn University Atrium, Uus-Sadama 5, 3rd floor

For more information please visit: http://summerschool.tlu.ee/world-philosophy/