Description   The course offers an exploration of the
philosophy underpinning ethics, theology, and
ecology of the Hindu tradition. It takes an
evolving history of ideas approach with an eye to
the reasoned thinking that have guided the
metaphysical and moral trends in Hindu thought.
Students will delve deeply into texts such as the
Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and the thinking
of leading Hindu intellectuals and theologians,
such as Shankara, Ramanuja and Gandhi. Among the
key Hindu concepts to be examined are: the nature
of the self, of the ultimate, origins of the
universe, laws of natural order, karma and
dharma, moral governance and Hindu law, kingdom
of ends, care of self and other and of nature,
the highest good, aesthetics, life-cycle rites,
death and afterlife (or rebirth), and the paths
to self-realization. The comparative appraisal
will draw on western analogues and contemporary
secular critiques, with transformations in the
Hindu diaspora.
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* Note: The description above does not necessarily apply to any courses other than the one in the latest term.
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