Philosophy & Religion (PR)

PR 214 -  Philosophies of India (NA)  
Credits: 3  

An exploration of the philosophies of India in their religious and cultural context. Hindu philosophies such as the Upanishads, Samkhya-Yoga, and the Vedanta of Shankara and Ramanuja are emphasized; for comparative purposes, Buddhism and Jainism are also examined.

Note(s): Fulfills non-Western Cultures and Humanities requirements; fulfills Humanistic Inquiry requirement.  
PR 300 -  300-Level PR Elective  
Credits: 3  
PR 324 -  Philosophy Of Religion (A)  
Credits: 3  

An investigation of the fundamental paradoxes of religious belief. Questions to be considered will include the arguments for the existence of God, the problem of suffering and evil, the nature of mystical knowledge, and the rise of modern religious skepticism.

Prerequisites: One course in philosophy or religion or permission of instructor.   
Note(s): Offered alternate years. Fulfills Humanistic Inquiry requirement.  
PR 325 -  Japanese Buddhism (NA)  
Credits: 4  

A study of selected classical and contemporary thinkers who see philosophy as intertwined with classical praxis. Emphasis will be on Buddhist thinkers such as Kukai, Dogen, Shinran, and Nishitani.

Prerequisites: One course in philosophy or religion or permission of instructor.   
Note(s): Offered alternate years. Fulfills non-Western cultures requirement; fulfills Humanistic Inquiry requirement.  
PR 326 -  Tibetan Buddhism (NA)  
Credits: 4  

A study of selected classical and contemporary Tibetan thinkers who see philosophy as intertwined with religious praxis. The course focuses on the Vajrayana form of Mahayana Buddhism that is one central element in the culture of Tibet, as well as its Mahayana Buddhist background in India. Emphasis is on the central ideas of wisdom, compassion, emptiness, dependent arising, and the two truths in such thinkers as the Prajhaparamita, Nagarjuna, Candrakirti, and the Dalai Lama.

Prerequisites: One course in philosophy or religion or permission of instructor.   
Note(s): Offered in alternate years. Fulfills non-Western Cultures requirement; fulfills Humanistic Inquiry requirement.