This course introduces students to influential debates in early Chinese thought. What is the relationship between social conventions and morality? Is human nature good or bad? How do words relate to knowledge and reality? Philosophical questions like these are central to classical Chinese philosophy and remain just as relevant here and now. This course familiarizes students with philosophical views of thinkers such as Confucius and texts such as Tao Te Ching, and encourages student to critically consider their relevance to practical and philosophical discourses today.