• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Koji Tanaka
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Since the time of the Buddha, Buddhists have developed a rigorous and profound tradition of philosophy. The Buddhist path consists in the combined practice of philosophical reasoning, ethical practice and meditation. This course will focus on philosophical reasoning. For Buddhists, enlightenment is attained by gaining insight into the nature of reality (metaphysics), knowledge (epistemology), language (philosophy of language) and our ways of living (ethics). These insights are acquired, in large part, by subjecting our beliefs to rational scrutiny. In this course, we critically examine some of the core issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and ethics that are elaborated by Buddhist philosophers. The course proceeds by analyzing some core texts of Buddhist philosophy (in English translation) together with some secondary literature. We study Buddhist philosophy not as an item of historical and cultural interest but as an attempt to ascertain how much truth lies in this system of thought. Once we gain an understanding of the views expounded by Buddhist philosophers, we will subject their doctrines to rational scrutiny in the hope of attaining some enlightenment for ourselves.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate a general knowledge of some major schools, figures and issues in the Buddhist tradition of Philosophy
  2. Express and expound views and pre-suppositions of Buddhist philosophers clearly and lucidly;
  3. Understand and critically evaluate theories, arguments and presuppositions of Buddhist philosophers

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation (10%) (LO 2,3)

First Essay (800 words) (20%) (LO 1-3)

Second Essay (2,000 words) (40%) (LO 1-3)

Final Take-Home Examination (72 hrs) (30%) (LO 1-3)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

6 units of Philosophy (PHIL) courses, or with permission of the course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Mark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy, Ashgate, 2007

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9482 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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