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Indian Philosophy: Paths & Worldviews

About the Course

This course will present an overview of the major systems of philosophy that have developed in the Indian subcontinent, from antiquity to the present.  These include Vedic philosophies, Jainism, Buddhism, skeptical thought, and the interactions amongst all of these schools.  Themes covered will include each systems concept of reality (ontology), theories of knowledge (epistemology), ideas of the good life (ethics), and the ways in which each system conceives of difference: Why are there many perspectives on these questions?  Another recurring theme will be the relationship of philosophical reflection to embodied spiritual practice and the ways in which Indian philosophy is both similar to and different from Western philosophy.

How Indian thought is both similar to and different from Western philosophy/Vedic Thought, Part One–The Ritualistic Matrix of Vedic Philosophy
Vedic Thought, Part Two–Vedanta (The Philosophy of the Upanishads)
The Way of the Spiritual Warrior/Indian Skepticism
The Middle Path
Further Developments in Buddhist Thought
Sāṃkhya, Yoga, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, and Mīmāṃsā
The Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and Medieval Vedanta
Ancient Philosophy in the Modern context

Students who take this course will:

  • The history and philosophy of the Indian philosophical traditions.
  • The 6 Orthodox Schools of Indian philosophy.
  • The essential teachings and schools of Buddhism.
  • The teachings of Jainism.
  • The different ontologies and epistemologies of Indian thought.
  • The significance of ancient Indian thought for modern life and practice.

About Jeffery Long

Jeffery D. Long is the Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, where he has taught since receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in the year 2000. He is the author of several books, including Hinduism in America: A Convergence of Worlds (2020) and Jainism: An Introduction (2009), the editor of Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific (2019) and the co-editor of Nonviolence in the World’s Religions: A Concise Introduction (2021) and Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern World (2019). Dr. Long also edits the series Explorations in Indic Traditions: Ethical, Philosophical, and Theological for Lexington Books. He has spoken on nonviolence at many prestigious venues, including three talks presented at the United Nations.

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    Top-quality education from premier faculty in both Yoga Philosophy & MindBody Studies.
  • 70+ On-Demand Courses
    Certificate of completion available for all courses (+ earn Yoga Alliance credits & CEs on select offerings)
  • EPTV Streaming Video Library
    Includes 250+ hours of our original series, lectures, talks & workshops—accessible on the website or through our App (Apple TV, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku)
  • Premium Web Content Access
    Premium articles, curated content, mini-trainings & practice resources.
  • Tarka Journal Digital
    Quarterly issues that include: original artwork and translations + scholarly, devotional, and introductory articles on contemplative studies, wisdom teachings & practices.
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