Indian Philosophy

Subject 161-238 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-two contact hours per semester: two 1-hour lectures per week for the first 11 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week beginning the third week of semester
Total Time Commitment: *
Prerequisites: At least one first-year philosophy or Asian studies subject (in consultation with the lecturers), or permission from the Head of School or the lecturers in charge of the subject.
Corequisites: *
Recommended Background Knowledge: *
Non Allowed Subjects: *
Core Participation Requirements: *


Dr Guy Petterson
Subject Overview:

This subject explores Indian philosophical thinking about the nature of reality and the problem of human existence. It examines a wide range of views on the nature of the self, body and mind, the world and liberation, in the Indian philosophical tradition. The main areas covered include the early philosophical speculations of the Vedas, Upanishads and Indian Buddhism through to the mature argumentation of the Hindu philosophical schools and later developments in the Tantras. The influence and application of Indian philosophical ideas in areas such as yoga and meditation will also be considered.

Assessment: A written assignment of 2000 words 50% (due mid-semester), a 2-hour closed-book written examination 47% (due at the end of semester) and tutorial participation 3%.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to compare and contrast abstract and conceptual frameworks

  • be able to evaluate competing philosophical arguments

  • be able to express their own views in the form of clear and effective arguments

  • be familiar with the methods of cross-cultural analysis


Previously available as Body, Time and Spirit in Indian Thought. Students who have completed Body, Time and Spirit in Indian Thought are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Philosophy)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)

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