Philosophy 253bb - Topics in Indian Philosophy-Buddhists and Brahmins


Malcolm Keating

TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM

Smith College
PHI 253bb-01, REL 253bb-01
Offered as PHI 253bb and REL 253bb. Buddhists and Brahmanical thinkers were frequently philosophically at odds with each other in premodern India. They disagreed over what reality is and how it can be known as well as how one can think and talk about it. This course focuses on key debates between these groups in order to appreciate the range of positions within both Buddhist and Brahmanical philosophy. Discussions may include: whether there is a self or a God, what words refer to, what can be known through language, the relationship between language and inference. Prerequisite: One PHI course.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.