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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Fall 2007

R S 341 • India's Nonconformist Thinkers-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45565 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

This course introduces Indian philosophy by focusing on the opponenets 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.

Grading Policy

short paper, four pages: 15% revised final paper, 10-12 pp: 45% oral presentation of final paper: 10% book review, two pages: 10% progress reports/class participation: 20%


Irwin, R. Night and Horses and the Desert. Sells, M. Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes. Sells, M. Approaching the Qur'an Franzen, C. Poems of Arab Andalusia. Dawood, N.J. Tales from a Thousand and One Nights. Salih, T Season of Migration to the North. Kanafani, G. Men in the Sun.


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