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Buddhist Philosophy


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to:

  • BA students in Philosophy: Global and Comparative Philosophy, who have successfully completed their first year, and at least 10 EC’s of the mandatory components of the second year, including Language of Thought, and Concepts of Selfhood.

  • BA students in Filosofie, who have successfully completed their first year, and at least 10 EC's of the mandatory components of the second year, including Comparative Philosophy, and Analytische filosofie or Philosophy of Mind.

  • Pre-master’s students in Philosophy who are in possession of an admission statement, and for whom this course is part of their programme.\


In Buddhist Perspectives on Environmental Ethics, we will study recent publications on Buddhist environmental ethics to ask: How do these texts relate to Buddhist sources? Are the perspectives developed in the texts merely inspired by the sources they draw from? Or do they offer a close interpretation of them? Do they deliberately attempt to develop a standpoint which is to some extent independent of the sources that informs their position? Based on this analysis, we will, then, judge how the relation to these sources impacts the text’s perspective on Buddhist environmental ethics.

Course objectives

The course aims to introduce students to debates about Buddhist environmental ethics.

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good introductory understanding of:

  • current debates on Buddhist environmental ethics;

  • methodological debates on world philosophies.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • orally and in writing present basic assumptions made by Buddhist practioners and ethicists on environmental ethics;

  • see connections between cross-cultural academic self-presentation and handling of source material.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method


  • Attendance and class participation: 10%

  • Oral presentation: 20%

  • Mid-term essay: 30%

  • Final essay: 40%


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of subtests (see above).


The resit consists of one examination for all parts at once, consisting of a paper. The mark for the resit replaces all previously earned marks. Class participation and completion of practical assignments such as the oral presentation is a mandatory requirement for taking the resit. Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

Exams inspections will be scheduled at the request of the student.

Reading list

Literature will be made available through Brightspace at the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis for this course is not possible. Students are requested to submit their preferences for the third-year electives by means of an online registration form. They will receive the instruction and online registration form by email (uMail account); in June for courses scheduled in semester 1, and in December for courses scheduled in semester 2. Registration in uSis will be taken care of by the Education Administration Office.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc., contact the Education Administration Office Huizinga


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