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Department of Religions and Cultures and Philosophy


Classical Indian Philosophy
PHIL 3706 -FAO1

Who really knows about this world of ours
And who "here" can declare
when and from what it was created ?
The gods arose along with its creation;
hence, neither the gods nor we know from whence it has arisen.  

Rg Veda, 10.1129.6

TIME: Thursdays, 8:30-11::30 AM
University Extension: 4562
EMAIL: wayneb@nipissingu.ca


This course will provide the student with an overview of the essentials of early Indian Philosophy: the Vedic, Yogic, Hindu, Buddhist and Materialist schools of thought. We will begin with the earliest text of the Indian tradition, the Ŗg Veda, and then turn to a discussion of the four traditionally recognized purusārthas, "goals of life:" dharma, socio-political well-being; artha, economic well-being; kāma, sexual and creative well-being; and, finally, mokşa, spiritual or “inner” well-being.. As far as is possible, this course will attempt to situate the philosophies of India within the cultural contexts in which they evolved.

Required Books

Manu , Laws of Manu , trans. Wendy Doniger (Penguin)
Vātsyāyana , The Complete Kāma Sūtra (Inner Traditions International)
Buddhist Suttas (trans. T. W. Rhys Davids (Inner Traditions International)
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Translation (George Feurerstein)

Requirements for the Course

Participation [10 %]  
Test [20%] Oct. 9, 2008
Essay (approx. 10-12 typed pages) [20%] Nov.6, 2008
End of Term Exam [50 %] Nov.27, 2008