ASST 244 Fall 2014 Mind and Persons in Indian Thought

Cross Listed as REL244
In this course, we follow the conversation among Indian philosophers concerning the self and the nature of consciousness. We start with some of the Hindu views about the self and the mind and consider their ethical implications. We then consider a range of Buddhist critiques of these views, focusing more particularly on the Madhyamaka philosophy, which radicalizes the critique of the self into a global anti-realist and skeptical stance. We also examine the Yogacara school, which offers a process view of reality focusing on the analysis of experience. We conclude by considering some of the later Hindu holistic views of the self as responses to the Buddhist critique. In this way we come to realize that far from being the irrational foil of "the West," Indian tradition is a rich resource for thinking through some of the central ideas that have challenged philosophers in both traditions.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: full attendance and participation, three short essays (6 pages)
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Prerequisites: prior exposure to Buddhism or philosophy, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: selection based on the basis of relevant background
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 18
Class Number: 1745
ASST 244 - 01 (F) LEC Mind & Persons in Indian Thght Division 2: Social Studies Georges B. Dreyfus
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Hopkins Hall 400 (Rogers Room) 1745
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