This course is an examination of the intellectual and institutional history of the University that leads students through a chronological exploration of key events and significant presidents. Among themes to be considered are European antecedents, developments in faculty, changes in student life, curricular alterations, as well as the maturation of the built environment. Significant attention is paid to the evolution of the religious context of the school, which was a vital component of the University's identity for several centuries.
Topics include antiquarianism and national identity; originality, genius, and tradition; pedagogy and revolution; the formation of the lyrical subject; representations of the classical body; Dionysus and theories of tragedy; philology, classical scholarship, and institutional history.
In this course, we will discuss topics in Indian Buddhist epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of action, and philosophy of mind. We will pay particular attention to the arguments that Buddhist philosophers used to defend their views and respond to their critics. In addition to understanding these arguments in their historical contexts, we will ask what we can learn from then today and, when relevant, assess how they are being used in contemporary philosophy.
Buddhist theories in epistemology, metaphysics, and mind were contested by a broad range of philosophers, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. In this course, we will read three short monographs in which the epistemology of perception, the metaphysics of momentariness, and the nature of consciousness are debated. We will situate these debates in their historical contexts and ask what we can learn from them today.