ANS 301M • 7-World Philosophy
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course is an introduction to philosophy that takes as its source materials classics from all over the world, and from Greece, India and China in particular. A few high points of modern Western philosophy will also be surveyed, namely writing by Bertrand Russell and by French existentialists. This course is not a course on world cultures, but on issues of philosophy. We shall look at questions of what is real, how we know what we know, and what is valuable, examining the approaches and answers given by such luminaries, taken cross-culturally, as the Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and the Arabic philosopher Avicenna.
Midterm exam: 20% Best 3 out of 5 1-2 page homework assignments: 30% Final exam: 50%
Plato, Five Dialogues and Symposium Selected Upanishads Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy Albert Camus, The Stranger Bonevac and Phillips, Understanding Non-Western Philosophy