This basic course in Hindu philosophy introduces the theory of knowledge and valid criteria for obtaining knowledge (i.e., the pramāṇas). After a brief introduction to the six schools of Hindu philosophy and an overview of the texts of the tradition beginning with the Veda, the course will carefully investigate the methods of knowledge according to Advaita Vedanta. This course combines a historical survey of Indian philosophy with logical, epistemological, and ontological inquiries. Of particular concern ,will be the relationship to scripture and final liberation as the goal of all philosophy. This course fulfills the core requirement for Indian philosophy.
This course provides students with:
1. An overview of Vedic philosophical texts.
2. Basic knowledge of the twelve schools of Indian philosophy, including the difference between āstika and nāstika schools of philosophy.
3. An overview of key concepts in Hindu philosophy such as pramāṇa, darśana, dharma, veda, śabda, mokṣa, tarka, etc.
4. An in-depth understanding of the texts and arguments of Advaita.
5. Parallels with other systems of thought, especially in Western philosophy.
Required / Elective: Elective
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study/Must have completed Orientation to Hindu Studies or Concurrently enrolled in OTHS.
Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee
Quarter Offered: Winter 2022
Start Date: January 15, 2022
End Date: March 20, 2022
Day: Every Saturday
Time: 02:00 pm EST – 05:00 pm EST