Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2019

Taught By: Mark Larrimore

Section: A

CRN: 7261

Credits: 2

The Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu), one of the foundational texts of Daoism, is one of the world’s most compelling spiritual books. But what does it teach? With wit and wonder its titular sage and the others described in its pages seem by turns mystics, skeptics, dualists, theists, deists, agnostics, relativists, fatalists, nihilists, existentialists - and pranksters. What holds it all together – or apart? The Zhuangzi initiates readers not in a doctrine or worldview but in a way of engaging the confounding fullness of reality, ever vigilant about the ways our engagements efface the realities they think they’re engaging. There’s a lot more going on than just a butterfly dreaming of a philosopher dreaming of a butterfly, though that’s a start. While less well known in the west than the Daode Jing, the influence of the Zhuangzi is vast, from Chan (Zen) Buddhism to the Dream of the Red Chamber to 20th century western avant garde artists like John Cage. Going beyond the Zhuangzi's most commonly read “inner chapters,” this class will spend seven weeks dreaming and waking in Brook Ziporyn’s authoritative translation.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:41pm 4/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/25/2019 - 3/8/2019