PHIL3006 Philosophy East and West

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Philosophy major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit introduces students to some central ideas in Eastern traditions such as Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, examining these ideas from a Western philosophical perspective. Topics covered include the nature of ultimate reality, consciousness, the self, suffering and happiness, karma, free will, the scope of knowledge, ethics and the ultimate goal of human existence. Classical and contemporary sources are used. Some of these topics are approached with an eye to seeking convergence with ideas in Western philosophy, for example, in Hume's idea that there is no self.
Students are able to (1) independently interpret complex philosophical texts as they relate to comparative philosophy; (2) demonstrate an understanding of complex philosophical arguments with a view to developing an eye for recognising philosophical similarities and differences between traditions East and West; (3) extract, compare and evaluate complex philosophical positions and arguments from traditions East and West; (4) weigh the virtues and vices of competing philosophical doctrines across Eastern and Western traditions; (5) construct persuasive arguments concerning difficult philosophical issues such as the doctrine of no-self in Hume and Buddhism; (6) demonstrate advanced written communication and research skills through discussing and writing about comparative philosophy; and (7) reflect on the nature and purpose of philosophy and philosophical argumentation with a view to understanding contrasting approaches between traditions East and West.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignments; (2) examination; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Miri Albahari
Unit rules
any Level 1 Philosophy unit
PHIL2231 Philosophy East and West
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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