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Postgraduate Course: Buddhist Philosophy MSc (PHIL11231)

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
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to examine major philosophical themes as they have been articulated in the history of Buddhism and the Buddhist traditions.
Course description Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama¿the Buddha¿who lived in Northern India approximately 2500 years ago. His teachings spread throughout the vast continent of Asia (including Central, East, and Southeast Asia), and were critically appropriated by, while also shaping, many of the cultural, intellectual, and religious traditions and languages which had been flourishing in these regions. The historical development of Buddhist thought is complex, as is manifest in the rise and the fall of numerous schools, set against the backdrop of multiple intellectual traditions. Its significance for the formation of Asian cultures and philosophies cannot be overestimated.

This course will focus on several specific themes in the history of Buddhist philosophy (the themes chosen may vary from year to year). This will allow students to pursue a two-fold objective: (1) to deepen their knowledge of the ways in which Buddhist thinkers articulated their problems (and, sometimes, solutions) in their distinct intellectual and historical contexts; (2) to engage in their own versions of Buddhist thinking by reflecting on, and responding to, these problems and the (possible) solutions proposed by philosophers in the multi-faceted history of Buddhism.¿

This course does not require any previous knowledge in the area. All readings will be in English translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final Essay - 100% - 3000 words
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the way in which Buddhist thinkers articulated their problems (and sometimes solutions) in their distinct intellectual and historical context.
  2. Demonstrate their knowledge of themes in Buddhist Philosophy.
  3. Improve core skills in philosophy, including ability to interpret and engage with philosophical texts, evaluate arguments, and develop critical ideas in response.
  4. Analyse influential texts in Buddhist Philosophy.
  5. Conduct original research on a topic related to Buddhist philosophy in a research essay.
Reading List
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Course organiserDr Takeshi Morisato
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMrs Ida Conlin
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