Catalog 2021-2022

PHL 235 Philosophy of Martial Arts

This course examines philosophical problems related to Asian martial arts and military philosophy, looking at classic texts and at more recent academic and popular writings. It is also an introduction to the emerging academic field of martial arts studies. We will emphasize the cross-cultural comparison of philosophical traditions, methods and commitments.  This course has an experiential learning component: We will learn and practice a form of taijiquan (i.e., t’ai chi) inside and outside of class. The taijiquan practice will be modified for those who are physically unable to perform it.




(HFA) (IG) (NW)