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Spring 2016-2017
* REL 281 / SAS 281 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Buddhist Philosophy

Jonathan C. Gold

An introduction to the Indian Buddhist philosophical tradition from the time of the Buddha until its decline (c. 400 B.C.E - 1200 C.E.). Topics include Buddhism's view of the world, the person, and the path to nirvana; equanimity, compassion and meditation as core elements in Buddhist ethics; early Buddhist metaphysics; the doctrine of "emptiness" and its various interpretations in the Great Vehicle schools; Buddhist epistemology and philosophy of language; and modern attempts to apply Buddhist philosophy to contemporary philosophical issues.

Sample reading list:
Christopher Gowans, Philosophy of the Buddha
Mark Siderits, As Philosophy: An Introduction
William Edelglass & Jay Garfield, Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-100 pages of reading per week, regular attendance, weekly postings to precept discussion boards, participation in precept, take-home midterm and take-home final.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 35%
Take Home Final Exam - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42604 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   Lewis Library   138   Enrolled:60 Limit:80
44428 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
44429 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am W   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
44430 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
44431 P04 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
44432 P05 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
42605 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled