Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6395 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Comparative Philosophy

Description of Course:

I am building this course from scratch. The reading list may consist of philosophical texts by Aristotle, medieval Christian and Islamic, Chinese, Indian, and early modern Christian philosophers (viz., Descartes, Humes, and Kant); and two works representing comparative and historical studies of philosophy.

Required Texts:

Plato and C. D. C. Reeve: Republic (Hackett, 2004) ISBN 978-0872207363. RECOMMENDED.

Hippocrates G. Apostle and Lloyd P. Gerson: Aristotle: Selected Works (The Peripatetic Press, 1982). We will read selected excerpts.

Elmer O'Brien, S. J., The Essential Plotinus, 2nd ed. (Hackett, 1975) ISBN 978-0915144099

Benson Mates: The Skeptic Way: Sextus Empiricus's Outlines of Pyrrhonism (Oxford University Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0195092134

Muhammad Ali Khalidi: Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2005) ISBN 978-0521529631

Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden, eds.: Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, 2nd ed. (Hackett, 2006) ISBN 978-0872207806

Jay Garfield: The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Oxford University Press, 1995) ISBN 978-0195093360

Eliot Deutsch and Rohit Dalvi: The Essential Vedanta: A New Source Book of Advaita Vedanta (World Wisdom, 2004) ISBN 978-0941532525

Ben-Ami Scharfstein: A Comparative History of World Philosophies (SUNY Press, 1998) ISBN 978-0791436844

Kjellberg and Ivanhoe, eds.: Essays on Skepticism, Relativism and Ethics in the Zhuangzi (SUNY Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0791428917

David Loy: Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy (Humanity Books, 1997) ISBN 978-1573923590

Larson and Deutsch, eds.: Interpreting Across Boundaries: New Essays in Comparative Philosophy, 2nd ed. (Princeton University Press, 2014). We will read some chapters.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

heavy reading, regular attendance and participation in discussion, twenty-five pages of essay work

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