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

Fall 2007

ANS 372 • India's Non-Conformist Thinkers-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31655 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

This course introduces Indian philosophy by focusing on the opponents of the mainstream and by examining the subversive challenge of their thought. Drawing on the dissenting voices, the course reconstructs a picture of debate and exchange. Other disciplines are also included such as tantra, yoga and medicine that adopt philosophical systems (Sankhya) and appropriate them as their own. The starting position examined is that of the Sankhya philosophy with special reference to its immediate opponents, the Buddhists, Jains, etc. Although the Sankhya has been embraced by the mainstream brahmanical tradition, it was not always part of it. The novel approach of this course relies on viewing the brahmanical tradition through the eyes of its opponents. Thereby we can gain a more comprehensive picture of the intellectual millieu. The course will also include non-conformist thinkers of more recent times, such as Gandhi, his grandson Ramchandra Gandhi, and Daya Krishna. This course contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.

Grading Policy

Short paper four pages: 15% Revised final paper (10-12 pp): 45% Progress reports/class participation: 20% Oral presentation of final paper: 10% Book review (two pages): 10%


Hamilton, Sue. Indian Philosophy. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, 2001. King, Richard. Indian Philosophy An Introduction To Hindu And Buddhist Thought. Edinburgh, 1999. Matilal, Bimal Krishna. The Character of Logic in India. SUNY 1998. Perrett, Roy. Hindu Ethics. A Philosophical Study. Hawaii 1998.


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