Introduction to Indian Philosophy: A Free Online Course

Taught by Prof. Satya Sundar Sethy, this course from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras provides an Introduction to Indian Philosophy, and it’s summarized as follows:

Indian Philosophy (Sanskrit: Bhārtiya Darshan) deals with various philosophical thoughts of many several traditions those originated in the Indian subcontinent, including Hindu philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and Jain philosophy. The common themes of all these philosophies are unity and diversity (advaita and dvaita) in their understanding, interpretation of the existence of reality, and explanation of the attainment of liberation (moksha). The Indian philosophical systems are classified into two groups on the basis of the acceptance of Vedas; Orthodox (Vaisheshika, Nyāya, Sāmkhya, Yoga, Purva-Mimānsā, and Uttar-Mimānsā) and Heterodox (Chārvaka School, Jainism and Buddhism). All these systems are discussed with a critical approach to their theories in this course. Over and above, an introductory note to Indian Philosophy is placed at the beginning of the course.

All lectures can be viewed above, or streamed at this Youtube playlist. The course has been added to our list of Free Online Philosophy Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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