This course is an introduction to Chinese culture and thought with a focus on ethics and morality. The central issue is the different versions of naturalism in Chinese views of morality. This is in contrast to the supernatural or emotional projection focus in the West. The question is how naturalism can (if it can) ground a real, objective ethical point of view? Can morality and values be consistent with a scientific, naturalist point of view? Can we conceive of a science that reveals a guiding dao? Or are such judgments delusions, imaginary or matters only of faith rather than knowledge. If ethics is real, what is its source?
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