Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy
This course is an introduction to central ideas and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy, focusing primarily on Indian Buddhism. We will critically evaluate the philosophical views of a range of texts and schools of Buddhist thought, including early Buddhist sutras and the Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogācāra schools. Readings will be from both primary and secondary texts. Topics addressed will include the Buddhist critique of a permanent self; ultimate and conventional truth; Buddhist approaches to knowledge; the nature of meditation; and Buddhist ethics. We will also consider the modern appropriation of Buddhist ideas. The course will include a discussion section in which students will receive training in meditation practices. 3 hrs. lect. 1 hr discussion
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PHIL 0340

All Sections in Fall 2023

Fall 2023

PHIL0340A-F23 Lecture (Spackman)
PHIL0340Z-F23 Discussion (Spackman)