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180049 PS Nagarjuna: mind, world, and language (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 45 participants
Language: German

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE 3 NOVEMBER 2020:
The course will be held FULLY ONLINE until further notice. Links to the BigBlueButton sessions can be found on the Moodle course website.

This course will be taught as a "hybrid" course: Each week, one group of students will be onsite in Hörsaal 2i, the other group will participate online on Moodle (presumably we'll use BigBlueButton); we swap groups from week to week so that every participant will attend an online class every two weeks.

The first session on 13 October will be held online for everyone.

Tuesday 13.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 27.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 10.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 12.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 19.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 26.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Nāgārjuna (ca. 150–250 CE) is one of the great philosophers of classical India and the most important Buddhist philosopher after the historical Buddha. His philosophy of the “middle way” (madhyamaka) is foundational for the school of Mahāyāna Buddhism, which spread from India to Tibet, China, Japan other East Asian countries. Thus Nāgārjuna provided the philosophical basis for the central Buddhist notion of „emptiness“ (śūnyatā). For us today, both Nāgārjuna’s philosophical views as well as his argumentative style in his main work, „The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way”(Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) are of great interest.
In this course, we will be most interested in Nāgārjuna‘s metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. We will study „The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way”(Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) in detail, and will draw on passages from his “Dispeller of Disputes” "Vigrahavyāvartaṇī" where useful. We will read the new translation of "Mūlamādhyamakakārikā" from the original Sanskrit into English by Mark Siderits and Shoryu Katsura (Mark Siderits, Shoryu Katsura: "Nāgārjuna's Middle Way. Mūlamādhyamakakārikā". Wisdom Publications 2013)

Assessment and permitted materials

Your course grade will be based on class participation, a short oral presentation, a written glossary entry, and 2 short written assignments.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Maximum of two missed classes (participation is online or in-class – see above), submission of assignments on time.

We will read texts in Englisch and occasionally in German.

Examination topics

Reading list

For a short introduction to Nagarjuna's philosophy:
Westerhoff, Jan Christoph, "Nāgārjuna", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2020/entries/nagarjuna/>

Main readings in the course:
(1) Mark Siderits, Shoryu Katsura: "Nāgārjuna's Middle Way. Mūlamādhyamakakārikā". Wisdom Publications 2013
(2) Jan Westerhoff: Nāgārjuna's Vigrahavyāvartaṇī. The Dispeller of Disputes". Oxford University Press 2010

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