- 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
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:Upon successful completion of this course, 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; and,
- 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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Workload130 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
Prescribed TextsMark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy, Ashgate, 2007
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