History of Philosophy (Indian & Western)
Wk 1 i. What is the nature of the world? Natural forces as deities. Are there gods in charge of the world? Polytheism and monotheism: (Vedic Thought)
ii. What is the ultimate nature of the world? Atman and Brahman: (Upanishadic Thought)
Wk 2 i. Matter as the ultimate reality: (Materialism). The value of doubting:(Scepticism).
ii. Is everything determined?: (Determinism). Relativity of knowledge: (Jaina Thought).
Wk 3 i. Early Buddhism: Criticism of authority. The means and nature of knowledge. The nature of truth.
ii. The nature of the human existence: anicca, dukkha and anatta.
Wk 4 i. What is Mahayana?
ii. The relationship between wisdom and morality.
Wk 5 i. The nature of Nirvana: Shunyata
ii. The teaching of non-duality: (Shankara)
Wk 6 i. The doctrine that the world is an illusion
ii. The relationship between wisdom and faith
Wk 7 i. Qualified non-dualism of Ramanuja
ii. Yoga philosophy
Wk 8 i. Similarities and differences between religion and philosophy
ii. Comparative analysis of Indian and Western thought systems
Wk 9 i. The Struggle between Reason and Senses in Greek Philosophy
ii. The Primacy of Reason over Senses in Medieval Philosophy
Wk 10 i. The Failure of Faith and religious reasoning – Francis Bacon’s Scientific Approach
ii. The enlightenment.
Wk 11 i. The Industrial revolution and the emergence of Capitalism and the Individual
ii. Individual as the sole bearer and carrier of knowledge- From Scriptures to Sense Perception.
Wk 12 i. The search for certainly – Descartes and Leibniz
ii. Empiricist challenges – Locke and Hume
Wk 13 i. The synthesis of reason and sense experience – Kant
ii. Emphasis on the History of Ideas – Hegel
Wk 14 i. Materialism: Marx’s response to Hegel
ii. All that is Solid Melts into Air- Marshall Berman
Wk 15 i. The Poverty of Modern Philosophy
ii. The world Promised and the World Lost
Wk 16 i. Post-Modernist onslaught on Modern Philosophy – Leotard, foucoult, Derrida
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2. Hiriyanna, M., 1958 Outlines of Indian Philosophy, London: Allen & Unwin.
3. Deleuze G. & Gultari, F., 1995, What is Philosophy? (trans.) G.Gurchell, and H. Tomliwson, London: Verso.
4. Russell, B., 1947 History of Western Philosophy, London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd.
5. Luce, J.U., 1992, An Introduction to Greek Philosophy, London: Thomes and Hudson Ltd.
6. Schmitt, C.B.& Skinner, Q., The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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