Philosophy 158

Fall 2023

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
158 Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy Tzohar TuTh 9:30-11 Dwinelle 209

This is an introduction to Buddhist philosophy, extending from its origins (as preserved in the early sūtra literature), down through its evolution into multiple competing philosophical traditions (Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, Yogācāra, Pramāṇavāda, and so on). We will explore Buddhist approaches to issues in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, language, and ethics. One theme running through the course will be radical skepticism; we will explore how Buddhist philosophers questioned not only the existence of an enduring or essential self but also the existence of an external (mind-independent) world, and how their analyses impacted their understandings of meaning in language, their accounts of the nature and function of consciousness.

As taught this semester, Phil 158 may satisfy the more inclusive history requirement (which is: 153, 155, 156A, 158, 160–188).