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PHIL 491 Seminar for Majors in Philosophy

Selected problems in philosophy, with attention to methods of research. Check with the department for specific topics. Primarily for fourth-year Philosophy Major students, but also open to Philosophy Honours.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 491 001Seminar1 Wed14:0017:00

PHIL491 satisfies the Arts research requirement and is restricted to fourth-year philosophy majors. Other students require permission of the instructor.

Course Description: This seminar will focus on the thought of the South Asian Buddhist philosopher, Nagarjuna (ca 150-250 CE). We will read his major work, "The Fundamental Stanzas of the Middle Way" (Mulamadhyamakakarika), along with selections from later Indian and Tibetan philosophical commentaries, as well as contemporary philosophical analyses of his thought. For an introduction to Nagarjuna, see the entry devoted to him at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2019/entries/nagarjuna/.

Texts:

Jay Garfield, The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

Mark Siderits and Shoryu Katsura, Nagarjuna's Middle Way: Mulamadhyamakakarika

Jan Westerhoff, Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

PHIL 491 002Seminar2 Wed14:0017:00

PHIL491 satisfies the Arts research requirement and is restricted to fourth-year philosophy majors. Other students require permission of the instructor