Through a critical reading of translations of original philosophical texts and secondary studies of those texts, this course will cover the major transitions in philosophical thinking in ancient and classical India. The first phase will consider shifts from the early Vedic mythological/ritualistic thinking to mysticism of the Upanishads. The second phase will cover the protestant philosophical views found in Buddhism, Jainism and the so-called Heretics. The third phase will discuss the emergence of theism in the Bhagavadgita. Lastly, the course will cover the emergence of logical/rational thinking in the different systems of Hindu philosophy. The aim of the course is to help students figure out why and how the philosophical texts say what they say, and to place these texts in a socio-historical and philosophical context.
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