Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Philosophical Notions of Hindu Philosophies

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will introduce the student to some of the vast and rich Hindu philosophical culture, the schools of Darshan, themes and Sanskrit philosophical terms and concepts. The Sanskrit Language philosophical texts will be broached with a stress on Upanishadic thought and certain dominant traits such as a preferred fondness for negative expressions of thought, and the preference for Universals. The disregard for individuality and the particular in language, the concept of the unity of all things etc., will also be discussed and presented alongside the predominantly introspective character of Indian thought. The orthodox schools of Indian philosophy and their basic teaching, leading to the heterodox systems (viz. Buddhism, Charvaka, Jain and other philosophies) will also be placed providing a wide ranging perspective of the extraordinarily rich and sweep of this culture.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit will provide an investigation of the predominant ways of thinking of the peoples of Far Eastern cultures: Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese. wherein we find a formal study of logic and philosophy as this first appears in India where it started developing independently in each of the other cultures.

Since a Sanskrit based philosophy is the phenomenon common to all four civilizations, an exploration of their various forms of expressing judgment and inference will furnish some clue as to how to approach them.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Appreciate the intellectual wealth inherent in these Oriental systems of knowledge and ways of life based in the solid and coherently expressed rich notions of what man is and the underpinnings of civilized life;
- Compare and contrast them with contemporary philosophical approaches;
- Examine critically these various approaches philosophically.
2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Start to come to terms with some of salient features of the oriental approach to philosophical themes;
- Learn how to deal with the concepts and notions presented;
- Produce a scholarly research paper.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

• Billington, R. (1997) Understanding Eastern Philosophy. Routledge.
• Leaman, O. (1999) Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy. Routledge.
• Cooper, D. E. (1996) World Philosophies. Blackwell.
• Relevant articles in Mircea Eliade (ed) (1987) The Encyclopedia of Religion. New York and London: Mac Publ. Co.
• Carr, B., and Mahalingam, I., (ed) (1997) Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy. Routledge.
• Deutsche, E., and Bontekoe, R. (1999) A Companion to World Philosophies. Blackwell.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Co-Requisite Study-unit: PHI2048


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michael Zammit

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