PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will introduce students to some of the major philosophical and religious teachings from Asia that have existed from ancient times to the present. Representative material will be drawn especially from Indian (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sufi, Sikh), Chinese (Daoist, Confucian, Buddhist), and Japanese (Zen, Shinto) schools of thought. Readings will consist largely of primary materials translated into English. The main focus of the course will be to highlight the central philosophical concepts and to ask how these ideas contribute to their respective world-views and ethical outlooks, and how they affect the religious expressions of these cultures. Asian 220 will give you the tools to think critically about the diversity of philosophical and religious traditions and ideas that exist in Asia. Students will also gain an understanding of how these philosophical ideas have been influential in shaping the religious cultures of much of Asia. The course also serves as a general introduction to philosophical thinking on a number of profound philosophical questions. What is the nature of the self? What is really real? What happens after death? What is the relationship between the individual and society? The course also aims to develop the student’s skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Intended Audience:

Open to all students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures in addition to 1-hour discussion section weekly


PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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