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3.1 Indigenous Philosophy

1 .
How are the terms mythos and logos used to classify bodies of thought?
2 .
What are some of the challenges of studying Indigenous philosophy?
3 .
How did the study of African thought as a philosophy begin?
4 .
What are some of the shared metaphysical ideas between African and Native American philosophies?
5 .
How did Maya rulers use the metaphysical beliefs of their society to establish political legitimacy?

3.2 Classical Indian Philosophy

6 .
What are some similarities between classical Greek and Indian philosophies?
7 .
What cosmological ideas emerged from the Rigveda?
8 .
What metaphysical approach is advanced by the Samkhya school of philosophy?
9 .
What is the principal epistemological tool found in the Nyaya school of philosophy?

3.3 Classical Chinese Philosophy

10 .
Why is Confucianism considered a conservative philosophy?
11 .
What are the five constant virtues in Confucianism?
12 .
What is the relational and communal character of Confucian ethics?
13 .
What are the legacies of Confucianism and Mohism, and what factors might explain this?
14 .
What is the most central doctrine of Mohism, and how does it contrast to Confucian ethics?
15 .
In what way can Daoism be seen as a rejection of Confucianism?
16 .
What are unifying themes within Daoism?
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