PHIL 202

PHIL 202: Indian Philosophy
Instructor: Professor Neil Dalal

This course is an introduction to Indian philosophy, focusing on the ancient and classical periods. We will start with a history and overview of the nature of philosophy and religion in Indian thought and then explore some of the most influential Indian philosophies such as Yoga, Advaita Vedānta, and Buddhism. We will cover major metaphysical and ethical concepts such as Indian theories of human consciousness, the nature of the self, ultimate being, sources of knowledge, and order and virtue. Throughout the course we will look at various arguments and controversies between the Indian traditions and critically assess the concepts and arguments we encounter.