Spring 2023 Philosophy GR6905 section 001


Call Number 14175
Day & Time
W 6:10pm-8:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Allison Aitken
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Buddhist philosophers generally agree about what doesn’t exist: an enduring, unitary, and
independent self. But there is surprisingly little consensus across Buddhist traditions about what
does exist and what it’s like. In this course, we will examine several Buddhist theories about the
nature and structure of reality and consider the epistemological and ethical implications of these
radically different pictures of the world. We will analyze and evaluate arguments from some of
the most influential Indian Buddhist philosophers from the second to the eleventh centuries,
including Nāgārjuna, Vasubandhu, Dignāga, Candrakīrti, Śāntarakṣita, Śāntideva, and
Ratnakīrti. Topics will include the existence and nature of the external world, the mind, and the
self; practical and epistemological implications of the Buddhist no-self principle; personal
identity; the problem of other minds; and causal determinism and moral responsibility.

Web Site Vergil
Department Philosophy
Enrollment 24 students (25 max) as of 9:12PM Friday, December 1, 2023
Subject Philosophy
Number GR6905
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231PHIL6905G001