Friday, September 7

Your first Journal entry is due this evening by 11:55pm - submit it through Oncourse > Assignments as an MSWord file.

Reading assignment: Zhou Ritual Culture and Its Rationalization

Today, we begin a two-session first look at Confucianism - although your only reading is a brief one that will provide some evidence about the nature and understanding of li in early China, I will be laying down foundations for our discussion of Confucianism on Monday. In addition to discussion of the ritual texts that constitute the online reading, class will include a lecture segment on the background of Confucius and his school.

The very light reading assignment is by design. You have a Journal entry due, and - more directly - your reading assignment for Monday is somewhat longer and more diverse than usual. The short reading for today should allow you to get an early start on Monday's assignment.