Religious Studies | Philosophies of India
R546 | 3607 | Larson

R546 Philosophies of India (3 Cr.) TR 9:30-10:45 BH 305(Larson)

Philosophy in India asks a variety of critical questions and provides
answers that are interestingly different from European philosophizing.
What is mind?  What is consciousness?  What is the relation between mind
and body?  What is truly real and how can I know what is truly real?  Is
the notion of "rebirth" an intelligible idea?  What role does meditation
play in doing philosophy?  What does philosophy have to do with the
spiritual life and the attainment of enlightenment?

The course will provide analysis and discussion of the major traditions in
Indian philosophy (Hindu, Buddhist and Jain) and the manner in which the
various traditions interact and argue with one another about these basic
questions.  Readings include S. N. Dasgupta's A History of Indian
Philosophy (volume I), Karl Potter's Presuppositions of India's
Philosophies, Radhakrishnan and Moore's Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy,
and G. J. Larson's India's Agony Over Religion.  Course requirements
include two mid-term quizzes, a ten-page critical essay and a take-home
final examination.