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Eastern and Western Conceptions of the Self


In this course we compare and evaluate conceptions of the self in Eastern and Western philosophical traditions. Questions include: Does the self exist? If so, what sort of thing is it? Could I survive the death of my body? Do I extend beyond the boundaries of a particular mind or body? In what sense, if any, is the self a social construct? Readings come from a variety of sources: contemporary and classical, Eastern and Western.

Counts as an elective for the Philosophy major and minor

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.


(Not offerred in 2016-17)