PHL 156: World Philosophical Traditions
Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only
Mondays-Wednesdays, 930-1045 in LA 233
General Education Area
This course introduces philosophy by way of a historical survey of major philosophical traditions across the world’s cultures from antiquity to the present. Areas covered may include India, East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and the West.
- Mark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing) 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-87220-873-5
- Phillip J. Ivanhoe, Confucian Moral Self-Cultivation (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing) 2000 ISBN-13: 978-0-87220-508-6
Students are responsible for timely acquisition of the course texts. Failure to acquire the texts will adversely affect student preparedness and performance.
Please note: While no other books are required for purchase, it is strongly recommended that you obtain or secure access to a collegiate level dictionary and thesaurus (I recommend the handy combination of both in the Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Edition, ISBN 0-19-513097-9), and a style manual for written English such as the classic Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Fourth Edition, Allyn & Bacon, ISBN 0-205-30902) Regular access to and use of such references will be assumed.