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Fall 2018-2019
* REL 308 / SAS 308 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Hindu Ethical and Political Thought

Andrew J. Nicholson

A course in questions of justice, civic virtue, and good governance, as addressed by Indian thinkers ancient and modern. Is politics a realm of ethical action? What are the ideal virtues of a king or minister? What legitimate justifications for violence are there, if any? Should we be concerned primarily with duties (deontology) or the effects of our actions (consequentialism)? Course readings include the Mahabharata, The Law Code of Manu, Gandhi's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste, and V.D. Savarkar's Hindutva: Who is a Hindu.

Sample reading list:
John Smith, The Mahabharata
Barbara Stoler Miller, The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War
Patrick Olivelle, The Law Code of Manu
Patrick Olivelle and Mark McClish, The Arthasastra
Mahatma Gandhi, The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
B.R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week, attendance and participation, class presentation, mid-term exam, and a term paper due on Dean's Date.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23358 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:11 Limit:15