In this course students will be able to:
The Hindu Philosophical tradition consists of a plethora of rigorous philosophical dialogues that have an intrinsic quality of being undogmatic and open towards different pathways and approaches in the pursuit of knowledge. This course aims to explore these different philosophical perspectives and their interconnections while learning about the notions of Ishwara (God), Atman (Self), and Brahman (Reality). Though all nine schools have their unique perceptions of reality, their common goal is to overcome human suffering and attain Moksha, Nirvana or Kaivalya.
The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format, and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit one short essay. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated in the course.