- Code PHIL2012
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of some major schools, figures and issues in the Buddhist tradition of Philosophy
- Express and expound views and pre-suppositions of Buddhist philosophers clearly and lucidly;
- Understand and critically evaluate theories, arguments and presuppositions of Buddhist philosophers
Indicative AssessmentTutorial 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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Workload2 hrs lectures per teaching week (26 hours total). 1 hour of tutorial for 12 teaching weeks (12 hours total). 92 hours of independent reading plus preparation of assessment tasks over the teaching semester (total 130 hours)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingMark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy, Ashgate, 2007
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9482||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|