BSTD 404: Buddhist Epistemology

This course aims to introduce students to Buddhist epistemology, beginning with its emergence in the greater Indian philosophical context and its development in dialogue with non-Buddhist schools, and culminating with its impact on Tibetan Buddhism. Topics studied include: pramāna (“instrument of knowledge”) theory, perception (sensory and yogic), inference, apoha (“exclusion” theory of meaning), realism and anti-realism, and the compatibility of Buddhist epistemology with Madhyamaka. Particular emphasis is placed upon understanding the relationship between Buddhist soteriology and epistemology.

Prerequisites

BSTD 203 and either BSTD 303, 304 or 308, or permission of the instructor.