Thursday, 2 December 2010, 9:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Part One: The Dialogical Self in Hinduism and Buddhism

Dr Brian Black

Based on texts of the Indian tradition, we will discuss questions regarding self, and seek to relate some of the philosophical ideas to contemporary debates.  Can the self be defended against Buddhist claims that there is no such thing?  

Lecture overview:

Philosophy and Dialogue in the Upanishads:

- Different types of dialogue

- Different uses of the dialogue form

- Relation between dialogue and philosophy 

Philosophy and Dialogue in the Buddhist Nikayas:

- Different types of dialogue

- Different uses of the dialogue form

- Relation between dialogue and philosophy

Senses of self and not-self in the Upanishads and Nikayas:

- Self in the Upanishads

- Not-self in the Nikayas

- Standard interpretations of the self/not-self debate

- A new interpretation of the self/not-self debate

dr-brian-black

Dr Black is a Professor at the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Department at the University of Lancaster.

He received his MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He teaches courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as theory and methods in Religious Studies. He is author of the book The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upanishads, and co-editor of the book Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (with Simon Brodbeck).

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