HS 417 : Philosophy of Life

                 Philosophical examination of the basic concepts concerning life, death, and nature, The meaning and demeaning of life, difference between 'life' and 'existence',  human nature, self, life and ownership, nature of morality, value and happiness, social security,  relationship and irreplaceability, human freedom, abortion, euthanasia, the rights of the terminally ill, and the possibility of life after death.

Different philosophical approaches to the meaning of life would be discussed. Indian perspectives: Charvaka; Advaita Vedanta; Bhagavad Gita; Buddhism Western perspectives: Aristotelian; Kantian; Existentialist; Analytical

Texts / References:

E.D. Klemke (ed.), The Meaning of Life (2nd edn.), Oxford University Press, New York, 2000

Robert Solomon, The Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy, 5th ed., Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1998

Erwin Schrodinger, What is Life?, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001

L. Stevenson, D. L. Haberman, Ten Theories of Human Nature, 4th edn., New York, OUP, 2004

L.Tolstoy, My Confessions, trans. Leo Weiner, London, Dent, 1905

Dalai Lama, Sleeping, Dreaming, And Dying, Wisdom, 1997