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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Monima Chadha


The unit considers a range of topics in metaphysics and ethics 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.
For further information, please see: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/philosophy/ugrad/units/phl2850.php


Students who complete the course will

  • understand the central philosophical tenets of traditional Indian systems.
  • deepen their understanding of central issues in philosophy by considering them from a novel perspective.
  • appreciate how traditional Indian philosophers envisage a deep connection between their metaphysical and ethical positions.
  • be motivated and well equipped to exploit traditional Indian ideas through an understanding of a variety of problems in contemporary metaphysics and moral philosophy and attempts at resolving them.


Written work: 70% (3500 words)
Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Monima Chadha

Contact hours

On-campus: 2 hours (one 2-hour seminar) per week. OCL: workshops optional.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Religion and theology
International studies
Asian studies


A first-year 6 point unit in Philosophy.



Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: