Basic Course Information

PHL 156: World Philosophical Traditions


Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Marygrove College
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
e-mail: ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps#ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only


Mondays-Wednesdays, 930-1045 in LA 233

Credit Hours




General Education Area

Global Perspectives

Catalog Description

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.

Required Texts

  1. Mark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing) 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-87220-873-5
  2. 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.

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