Reason and the Senses (Semester 1)

This course wraps the intensive structure of various Indian schools of philosophy into an easy-to-understand beginner’s guide for coming semesters, opening their minds to pick their preferred school of philosophy for diverse relations with the senses and reasoning. Students manage to link each school of Indian philosophy with innovative ideas and creative thought so as to enhance learning.

Readings (till October 23rd2014)

Since the syllabi in MCPH are dynamic and regularly updated, this reading list is indicative and amenable to modifications in each session.

Indian Philosophy Meera Course Structure

  1. General Introduction to Indian Philosophy
    1. N. Mohanty, Introduction of Reason and Tradition in Indian Thought
    2. Raghuram Raju, Philosophy and India
    3. Daya Krishna, Indian Philosophy: A counter perspective
  2. Senses in Indian thought
    1. Angelika Malinar, Sensory perception and Notion of the senses in Samkya philosophy
    2. Michael Axel and Christoph Wulf, Exploring the Senses
  3. On different Indian schools of thought
    1. Bhupendra Heera, Uniqueness of Carvaka Philosophy
    2. Jayarasi, Tatvopaplavasimha
    3. Shriharsha, KhandanakhandaKavya
    4. Ishwara Krishna, Sankyakarika
  4. Perception
    1. K. Matilal, Pereption
    2. Chatterjee, Nyaya theory of Knowledge (chapters 6, 7, 8)
  5. Aesthetics (Individual perception)
    1. Santayana, What is Aesthetics
    2. Barbara Montero, Proprioception as an Aesthetic Sense
    3. Elisa Steenberg, Visual Aesthetic Experience
    4. Radhakamal Mukherjee, Rasa as spring of Art in Indian Aesthetics
  6. Social senses perception
    1. Sundar Sarukkai, Phenomenology of Untouchability
    2. Pauline Kolenda, Purity and Pollution
    3. David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous
  7. Pramana (Valid means of knowledge)
    1. Chatterjee, Nyaya theory of Knowledge (chapters 10, 11, 12)
  8. Audio/visual projections
    1. Rustom Barucha, Jaaru Katha