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PHH 3840: Philosophies of India

Course Description for Philosophies of India

PHH3840: Philosophies of India

Description: This course will follow the development of Indian Philosophies from the early Vedic culture of the Indus Valley civilization through the Upanishadic and epic traditions, heterodox traditions of materialism, Jainism, and Buddhism, and orthodox responses of Vaishesika, Nyaya, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, and Vedanta. We will pay particularly close attention to philosophical developments in Buddhism and to the practices of Yoga and Advaita Vendanta. Among the questions this course will consider are the following: What is the self? What is the relationship between the self, the personality, and the mind? What really exists and how can I know about it? What is the goal, purpose, and meaning of human life? What is the role of philosophy in the Indian intellectual and religious tradition?