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PHIL 491 001 (Seminar)

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

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 Wed14:0017:00BuchananD213
Instructor: THOMPSON, EVAN


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:3
Currently Registered:22
General Seats Remaining:3
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  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

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Dispeller of Disputes : Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani Required NAGARJUNA 9780199732708
Fundamental Wisdom of The Middle Way : Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakrika Required NAGARJUNA BAUDDHA 9780195093360
Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka : A Philosophical Introduction Required WESTERHOFF 9780195384963
Nagarjuna's Middle Way Required SIDERITS 9781614290506