This course will take the student through the major topics of Indian philosophy by first introducing the fundamental concepts and terms that are necessary for a deeper understanding of themes that pervade the philosophical literature of India -- arguments for against the existence of God, for example, the ontological status of external objects, the means of valid knowledge, standards of proof, the discourse on the aims of life. The readings will emphasize classical Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain philosophical articulations (from 700 B.C.E. to 16th century C.E.) but we will also supplement our study of these materials with contemporary or relatively recent philosophical writings in modern India.
Section 401 - SEM
This course is an introduction to philosophy written in the Islamic world. Our primary focus is the classical period of Islamic thought, spanning roughly 800 to 1200 C.E. We begin with the religious and political context of the early Islamic world out of which emerged some of the lasting intellectual concerns and questions of the Islamic tradition. We then study the works of some of the most important thinkers of the classical period, including al-Fārābī, Ibn Sīnā, al-Ghazālī, Ibn Rushd, and Ibn-Tufayl. The readings are (for the most part) in chronological order, but each of the authors is treated thematically. Representative topics include: whether the world is eternal; theories of causation; what it is to know something; the distinction between essence and existence; whether philosophy (or science) and religion are in harmony or conflict; animal ethics.
TR 1200PM-0130PM