The concepts of nature and ecology in East Asian philosophical traditions—Daoism, Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism—have profound impacts on the relationship between human and their natural environment. Inspirations from nature have also informed artistic expressions in East Asian art and architecture, giving rise to monumental landscape paintings, religious temples and shrines that feature gardens as images of paradise, garden architecture, and tea houses. This course introduces the principal concepts on nature in East Asian traditions and the art forms in which the theme of nature predominates. It also explores how these ideas can contribute to the modern discourse on environmental ethics and sustainability.
East Asian Art, Landscape, and Ecology