Eastern and Western views differ in many of the important assumptions that ground them, but the most basic issues are the same. What is the nature of truth? What are good grounds for knowledge and for belief? What sorts of things are there: physical, mental, spiritual? How can we find value in life and preserve it in the lives of others? These are the most basic questions you and I need to answer. We will try to do that by exploring the classical philosophical systems of India: Vedanta, Mimamsa, Sankha, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Carvaka, Jaina, and Baudda systems, the major schools of classical Chinese philosophy - especially Confucianism and Taoism - and Japanese philosophy - especially Zen. As time permits, we will also explore the influence of Eastern thought on Western thinkers.
Prerequisite: one previous course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.