One side of a paper book from the late Heian period in twelfth-century Japan.
MLAP 34907

World Wisdom Literature

Available Section

Offered for
06:00 pm—09:00 pm
Remote via Zoom
Taught by
David Wray

How to live and how to lead are questions that every human community has sought to answer. The thinkers on ethics and leadership whose writings we explore in this course come from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. They include the Greek philosopher Plato, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Chinese philosopher and teacher Confucius, the sages Laozi and Zhuangzi, centuries of women Buddhist teachers in Asia, the British early feminist thinker John Stuart Mill, and the authors of texts like the Bhagavad Gita, the Lotus Sutra, the Mayan Popol Vuh, and writings from ancient Egypt. We will also read selected recent literature on ethics and leadership theory that takes some of these writings from around the world into account and shows how their influences are still felt today. The class is interactive and discussion-based.

  • Fulfills the Elective - Non-Western requirement
  • This course is a part of the Ethics and LeadershipLiterary Studies concentration

About the Professor

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David Wray