Summer School – World philosophy: East Asian Thought Systems, Tallinn, July 25-29, 2011

This year the summer school 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, Andrew Whitehead, Hans-Georg Moeller, Geir Sigurdsson.

Preliminary programme. Please note that there might be small changes in the schedule!

Room number M-213.

More info on the course can be found in the website of Tallinn University.

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