Text and Context in Indian Philosophy

This course will engage with texts and secondary essays related to Indian philosophical thought that are not purely in Sanskrit. The basics of Buddhist and Jaina traditions as well as philosophical writings of contemporary philosophers will be discussed. These texts will be studied along with the study of philosophical narratives of India. The course will begin with the study of Buddhism and scepticism in India. This will be followed by a study of philosophical ideas using the example of some other literatures that are generally not regarded as canon in philosophical traditions. The course will finally look at the debates and comparative studies across these philosophical traditions and the secular texts such as the Smriti, Kamasutra or Devotional poetry.