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    Vassar College
  Nov 25, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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PHIL 281 - Mahayana Buddhism

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
This course is an introduction to the philosophical developments of Mahayana Buddhism. We cover two Indian schools (Madhyamaka and Yogacara) and three Chinese schools (Tiantai, Huayan, and Chan). Many ideas of these schools have significantly shaped cultural practice in South and East Asia. We focus on the philosophical articulation and defense of these schools. We reflect on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. We also discuss the relevance of Mahayana Buddhism to Western philosophy. By taking this course, you (1) gain general understanding of Mahayana Buddhism, (2) learn to engage in historical texts from other culture, and (3) advance your analytical thinking and writing skills. Li Kang.

Two 75-minute periods.

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