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PHIL 378 Philosophical Wisdom of Early India

Epistemological and ontological thought from the Vedic Period to the period of the rise of philosophical schools or systems. Philosophy in the Mahabharata, Gita; early Buddhist and Jain views on knowledge and reality; views on language.

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Credits: 3

Equivalents: ASIA 378


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PHIL 378 001Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri14:0015:00

Instructor: Catherine Elaine Prueitt.

Course Description: According to the common Sanskrit adage, the point of philosophy is yatha-bhuta-darsana: to see things as they really are, so that we may live in accord with reality. So, how is reality, how do we know it, and how does this knowledge guide our goals and actions? This course explores the early foundational texts whose visions will shape Indian philosophical instincts, inquiries, and debates moving into the classical period of systematic thought. With a focus on primary texts in translation, we'll begin with selections of the Zg Veda and the Upanicads, and move into challenges to the Vedic worldview by the Buddha and Mahavira. Then, we'll examine how these revealed texts were developed and embodied in early narratives and practices.