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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 304 - Buddhism & Indian Philosophy

The major philosophical systems of Buddhism and Indian thought are discussed. The attitude to nature, and theories of the ultimate Reality will be examined. The techniques propounded in Buddhist and Indian philosophical system will be clarified and analysed in a comparative manner.

Course content:

  • Vedas and the Upanishads
  • Bhagavad-Gita, Early Buddhism. Madhyamika and Yogacara Systems
  • Philosophy and Ethics of the Six systems of Indian Philosophy: Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika
  • Purvamimasa and Uttaramimamsa.Visista Advaita
  • Saiva Siddhanta
  • Contemporary Indian Philosophy

Reading List
1. Gupta, Das.1922-1955. History of Indian Philosophy (Vol. I – V), Cambridge University Press.
2. Hiriyanna, M.1966. Outlines of Indian Philosophy. Madras.
3. Jeyathilleka, K.N.1963. Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge. London, Allen and Unwin.
3. Murt, T.R.V.1960. Central Philosophy of Buddhism. London, Allen and Unwin.
3. Ramakrishnan, V.1978. Perspectives in Saivism. University of Madras.