PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
Summer 2017, Section 201
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 231, 232, 234, or 297.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Is enlightenment logical? Is there a self? Is there a world outside our mind or is everything a dream? For many people, “Buddhist logic” might sound contradictory; meditation is supposed to take you beyond the realm of reason. However, for centuries, Buddhists throughout Asia, and now in the modern West, have engaged in formal and informal debate both with non-Buddhists and with other Buddhist schools on these and other questions.

In this course, students will be introduced to key points of Buddhist doctrine through Indian modes of argument and will meet present-day Buddhist practitioners. Students will learn the types of arguments found in early Buddhist sermons and will study more formal logic in philosophical treatises. In this age of “fake news” and “alternative facts” what can we learn from Buddhists about how to debate profound questions of life and death?

Course Requirements:

Reading responses, and a final paper or project.

Intended Audience:

Any student interested in Buddhism or forms of logic.

Class Format:

Two 180-minute meetings weekly


PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
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201 (REC)
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MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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