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PHIL 378 001 (Lecture)

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.

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

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 03, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 17, 2019


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 17, 2019
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 11, 2019

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
1 Mon Wed Fri14:0015:00Mathematics Annex1100
Instructor: PRUEITT, CATHERINE


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Total Seats Remaining:21
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-  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.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Bhagavadgita in Mahabharata: Bilingual Ed Required VANBUITENEN 9780226846620
in The Buddha's Words Required BODHI 9780861714919
Ramayana Required SATTAR 9781632061775
Rig Veda (Trans Doniger-O'flaherty) Required DONIGER 9780140449891
Upanisads: New Translation Required OLIVELLE ( TRANS ) 9780199540259
Yoga: Discipline of Freedom (Trans Miller) Required PATANJALI 9780553374285