Clayton Ashton is researching the concept of ritual in early Chinese ethics, religion and political thought. Focusing on the writings of pre-Qin and Early Imperial China, he is currently exploring how the idea of ritual was combined with developing ideas about the body, emotions and human nature to create a nuanced system of ethics. His interests include ritual theory, virtue ethics, moral psychology and embodied cognition, with a particular interest in discovering meaningful points of intersection between these fields of study. His M.A. in Asian Studies was earned at UBC, and focused on the translation of archaeological texts from pre-Qin China.

Winter 2019

ASIA320 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

Winter 2019

ASIA332 Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition Sections

Key ideas and trends in Confucian thought and practice from its origins to modern times through primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship.

Winter 2019

ASIA372 Development of Traditional Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) to Wang Yangming (1472-1529) in its historical and cultural contexts.

Winter 2019

ASIA382 Buddhism in China Sections

History, thought, and practices of Chinese Buddhism from its beginnings until the twentieth century.