Ancient Buddhist Philosophy

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode FI213AS
Vaknaam Ancient Buddhist Philosophy
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Ancient Buddhist Philosophy: Friendliness and Emotional Intelligence
Leerdoelen 1) Gaining familiarity with some of the main tenets of ancient Buddhist philosophy (as conveyed in the Pāli discourses of the Buddha)
2) Learning how to read, interpret and philosophically analyze ancient Buddhist texts (in English translation).
3) Integrate philosophical reflection and direct experiential observation of emotional states and intentional attitudes in order to better explore how observation can inform reflection and how reflection and (re)shape observation.
Omschrijving Friendliness (mettā in Pāli) is an emotional and intentional attitude of good-will and non-aversion towards all sentient beings, including oneself. It is rooted in both feeling and understanding. In the Pāli discourses of the Buddha (originally composed in India around the fourth century BCE), friendliness is repeatedly stressed and encouraged for its numerous benefits. It supports and develops a form of emotional intelligence and provides an ideal pathway to explore deeper aspects of one’s experience and their philosophical implications. This course explores how the topic of friendliness is presented in the Pāli discourses in the broader context of the Buddha’s teaching, and uses friendliness as a red thread to unpack and explore the meaning and implications of that teaching. In doing so, the course aims to create a virtuous circle between close reading of selected texts (in English translation) from the Buddha’s early discourses, philosophical reflection and analysis, and a more deliberate and meditative attitude of relating the phenomena described in the texts with one’s own experience and understanding.
Uren per week
(Interactive lectures)
(Written exam)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Dr. A. Sangiacomo
Docent(en) Dr. A. Sangiacomo
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
An Introduction to Friendliness (mettā). Emotional Intelligence and Freedom in the Pāli discourses of the Buddha A. Sangiacomo, University of Groningen Press, 2022 (open access)
Entreevoorwaarden No special background knowledge is required, but ideally, students have attended the second year BA course GF6: Global Hermeneutics
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ba Filosofie 3 semester II a keuze
Bachelor Exchange Courses - semester II a keuze