Political Science

This assignment is open-book and open-note. However, all your answers must be in your own words. Turnitin will show me if you are copying or transcribing. Do not cite the books, your notes, or my lectures. I am interested in your ability to explain the ideas, not your skill in looking things up. DO NOT cite anythingShort Answer: Please answer 8 (and only 8) of the following 10 questions.(Up to 64 points) 2 paragraphs for each question.1.    What is moral suasion? How does it work as a principle of government?2.    Why can we see the Tao Te Ching as a manual for government?What are its principle lessons?3.    According to Kūkai, what value do the teachings of the historical Buddha have?4.    Why is the I Ching not simply a tool for divination (fortune telling)?5.    What is the difference between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism? Why is Kūkai considered part of the Mahayana tradition?6.    What is the rectification of names? Why is it important in political life7.    What is the difference between the Way in classical Confucianism and the Way in Taoism?8.    What are the four beginnings, and why should we remember them?9.    Acccording to Xun Zi, why do we want to become good, and how do we do it?10.    What are the two handles, and how do they contribute to wu-wei government?Essay Questions: Please answer one (and only one) of the following two questions. (Up to 36 Points). about 500 words1.    Confucianism has arguably been the most influential political theory in all of world history. Is it still relevant, and could it be influential in the West? How and why? 2.    It’s often said that East Asian philosophy is syncretic. What does that mean, why is it important, and what are some examples of syncretism?Extra Credit:What are two ways Buddhism is a political theory? (up to 2 points on your overall quiz grade!)ReadingsSource Book of Chinese Philosophy: 14-49, 49-84, 115-136, 136-177Book of Lord Shang: 167-203, 244-260I Ching: 13-41Han Fei Tzu: 16-42, 73-79, 97-117Soruces of Chinese Tradition: Ch.15Sources of Korean Tradition: ch.3Kukai: “Attaining Enlightenment in this very Existence” (225-235) and “The Meanings of Sound, Word, and Reality” (235-246).

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