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PHL3850 - Topics in Indian Philosophy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Monima Chadha


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit considers a range of topics in philosophy: metaphysics, ethics and theory of knowledge from an Indian perspective. The aim is to contrast the views of the conservative Hindu philosophers with those of the Indian heretics. Among the metaphysical topics special emphasis is placed on the theories of the self and their relation to interesting Hindu doctrines of Karma and Rebirth. The course also explores the relations between karma and other enigmatic traditional Indian concepts.


Two exercises (750 words): 20%
Essay (2000 words): 50%
Examination (1 hour): 50%
Students will have the option of replacing one or both of the exercises by participation in an on-line discussion via the portals interface.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week.


A first-year sequence in Philosophy.