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PPR349:Politics and Ethics in Indian Philosophy
Tutor: Brian Black
This course will look at Indian source texts on politics and ethics. In particular, we will be looking at sources that explore the concept of dharma, a term that incorporates issues of justice, religion, ethics, duty, and law. We will examine the sources of dharma both in their own historical and cultural contexts, as well as in the context of contemporary debates in political theory and ethics. The texts we will examine will include: the inscriptions of Ashoka, the Buddhist Nikayas, the Arthashastra, the Law Codes of Manu,the Mahabharata, andthe Kamasutra. We will examine these sources in connection with modern political figures, such as Gandhi and Sarvarkar, as well as in connection with recent debates in India about secularism, democracy and pluralism.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (2 hours) weekly, and seminar (1 hour) fortnightly.
W Doniger & S Kakar (tr) Kamasutra: A New Translation
A. Hiltebeitel Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative
P Olivelle (tr) The Law Codes of Manu
J Smith (tr) The Mahabharata
M Walshe (tr) The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya
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