Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spring course

Just finalized the description for my Spring course, a new one:

BUDDHISM AND MODERN THOUGHT  
This course uses Buddhist traditions, ideas and questions to reimagine and renarrate the story of modern thought. After engaging debates about the "invention of Buddhism" in 19th century Europe, the class explores Buddhist influence in the history of western ideas, "Buddhist modernism" in Asia and the West, and Buddhist understandings of modernity and postmodernity in our own time. Students also conduct extended research on a figure or movement of their choice.

Sometimes I think I have way too much fun in this line of work of mine - but at least students and others get to share the ride!

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