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Adi Shankara

Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, the author of numerous commentaries and pedagogical tracts, is the seminal philosopher in Hinduism, especially its “advaita vedānta” school. This course will address his key texts, ideas and interpretive strategies. Both his influence on the commentarial tradition and his insightful clarification of earlier texts will be explored; specifically focusing on his commentaries on the Upaniṣads and the Bhagavadgītā. How does Śaṅkara, for example, explicate his philosophy through dialogue with other schools of philosophy such as Sāṅkhya? In the final portion of the class, we will address some critical and historical views and debates within contemporary scholarship. 

 

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Course Code: TAT 6202

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 600

Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, the author of numerous commentaries and pedagogical tracts, is the seminal philosopher in Hinduism, especially its “advaita vedānta” school. This course will address his key texts, ideas and interpretive strategies. Both his influence on the commentarial tradition and his insightful clarification of earlier texts will be explored; specifically focusing on his commentaries on the Upaniṣads and the Bhagavadgītā. How does Śaṅkara, for example, explicate his philosophy through dialogue with other schools of philosophy such as Sāṅkhya? In the final portion of the class, we will address some critical and historical views and debates within contemporary scholarship. 

 

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This course provides a comprehensive explication of Ādi Śaṅkarācārya’s philosophy. Students will gain an understanding of his views of phenomenal reality, perception, scripture, revelation, the soul, transmigration, dharma, creation, nescience, and ultimate realization. They will be introduced to his thought systematically, showing how he develops his hermeneutics and argues for the cogency of the non-dual (advaita) standpoint vis-a-vis alternative viewpoints.

Area of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor:  Dr. Vishwa Adluri

 

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