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
INSTRUCTOR : W. A. Borody
TIME: Thursdays, 8:30-11::30 AM
PLACE : A143
PHONE: University Extension: 4562
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.
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|