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Department of Religions and Cultures and Philosophy

 

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY
CLASSICAL INDIAN PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 3706- FA01
2008  

Essay Topics

 Critically discuss one of the following topics:

  • the contents and history of the four Vedas.
  • the doctrine of "Brahman qua Atman" in the Upanishads.
  • the doctrine of impermanence in Buddhism.
  • the doctrines of "syadvada" and "ahimsa" in Jainism.
  • the role of sexuality in Tantric Yoga.
  • the purusa/prakrti doctrine in the yoga philosophy of Samkhya.
  • the doctrine of yoga as depicted in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.
  • the philosophical development of Sikhism from the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak (1563-1606), to the present day.
  • the significance of the interpretation of traditional Indian thought by the Islamic scholar Alberuni (eleventh century) in Alberuni's India.
  • the iconography and worship of one of the more important gods or godesses in India (eg., Shakti, Shiva, Brahman, Visnu, Kali, Sarasvati, etc.).
  • the concept of "valid knowledge" (pramana) in the school of logic (Nyaya).
  • the significance of "worldly enjoyment" (sukha) in the school of materialism (Carvaka).
  • the doctrine of nondualism (advaita) and inexpressibility (anirvacaniya) in Shankara.
  • the traditional doctrine of the reincarnation (samsara) of the subtle body (suksma-deha).
  • the philosophy and practice of bhakti.
  • the diametrically opposed forms of Hinduism represented by Gandhi and Godse.
  • the cultural and religious significance of the erotic friezes on the temples around Khajuraho
  • the literary and cultural significance of Kalidasa's Shakuntala