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Postgraduate Course: Indian Philosophies of Mind and Language (PHIL11199)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCourse begins with a general introduction to the Indian philosophical tradition, in order to supply students with some necessary background context. It then explores selected topics within this tradition, particularly issues in the Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mind. Related and contrasting views from the Western philosophical tradition will also be examined, in an attempt to provide mutual illumination and a wider global perspective on core philosophical themes
Course description Representative Instance of the Course:

Topic 1: General introduction and overview of the Indian philosophical tradition.

Topic 2: Issues in the Philosophy of Language from a comparative perspective, with particular focus on the Nyaya and Mimamsa (Bhatta and Prabhakara branches) schools of Hinduism, and the Yogacara-Sautrantika school of Buddhism
2(i) Sentential Unity, Context Principle and Compositionality.
2(ii) Sense and Reference
2(iii) Linguistic Reference and Non-denoting Terms

Topic 3: Issues in the Philosophy of Mind
3(i) Buddhist Analyses of the Self (with comparisons to Hume)
3(ii) Sankhya-Yoga Philosophy and the Mind/Body Problem (with comparisons to Western Dualism)
3(iii) Advaita Vedanta and the Philosophy of Consciousness without an Object (with comparisons to the Phenomenological tradition)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. grasp and analyze some central characteristics of the Indian Philosophical Tradition
  2. grasp and analyze some central issues in Indian Philosophies of Mind and Language
  3. grasp and analyze some relevant themes in comparative East/West Philosophy
Reading List
Representative General texts:
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy, S. Chatterji and D. Datta, Motilal Banarsidass Press, 2016 (latest edition).
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy, R. Perrett, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Presuppositions of India's Philosophies, K. Potter, Prentice Hall, 1963.

Representative texts on more specific topics
Indian Philosophy of Language, M. Siderits, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991.
Apoha: Buddhist Nominalism and Human Cognition, M. Siderits, T. Tillemans, A Chakrabarti, (eds.), Columbia University Press, 2011.
Indian Buddhist Theories of Persons: Vasubandhu's Refutation of a Theory of Self, J. Duerlinger, Routledge, 2003.
Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta, W. Indich, Motilal Banarsidass Press, 2000.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIndian philosophy,philosophy of mind,philosophy of language,comparative philosophy
Course organiserDr Paul Schweizer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2704
Course secretaryMiss Sabina Ali
Tel: (0131 6) 50 4400
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