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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2007

ANS 372 • Rebirth and Karma: New Interpretations-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30605 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
PAR 303
Harzer

Course Description

This course examines rebirth and the karma theory in several traditions within the South Asian context. Although many aspects are shared, many more differ from each other, such as the Jains, the Hindus, and the Buddhists, in important ways. Transitions and changes in these concepts constitute the main focus of discussions whether within the philosophical or anthropological interpretations. Selections from original texts in translation illustrate aptly either karma as cosmic dust or an immaterial mechanism propelling itself or being set in motion by a supramundane force. The students, by gaining a grasp of the principles of the rebirth and karma are better equipped in approaching the study of Indian culture from within rather than from without.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation 15% Three exams 30% Response Essays (1-2pgs) 15% Research paper proposal 10% Research paper (12-15 pgs) 30%

Texts

Jaini, Padmanabh S. Some Aspects of Karma Theory. Neufelt, R.W. (ed.) Karma and Rebirth: Post Classical Developments. O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger (ed.) Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions.

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