April 07, 2022

PHIL 207: Indian Philosophy - Fall 2022

J.M. Fritzman PHIL 207 Indian Philosophy, J.M. Fritzman

I enjoy hiking in Portland’s many forests, watching Bollywood movies, and cooking. I have been to India eight times, and I twice led the Overseas Program to India.

During my copious free time, when I’m not busy neglecting my duties, I enjoy watching Bollywood movies, cooking Indian food, going to bhangra dances, and worshiping murtis.

Course Description

Indian Philosophy is currently our only course in non-Western Philosophy. In this historical survey, we study the Vedas and the Upanishads. We consider how the Carvaka, atheists and materialists, challenge the Vedas and the Upanishads. We look to Jainism and Buddhism for further challenges. We examine how the Bhagavad Gita and the six so-called classical philosophies of India respond to those challenges. We conclude by reading several recent Indian philosophers.

This course has no prerequisites. It meets the General Education requirement in “Bibliographic Research in Writing,” “Global Perspectives,” or “Historical Perspectives.” It is one of Asian Studies’ “General Asian Studies Courses.”