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Philosophy in World Traditions: Perception in World Traditions


Admission requirements

Admission to one of the following programmes is required:

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC: specialisation Philosophy in World Traditions

  • MA Philosophy 60 EC: specialisation Global and Comparative Philosophy


The power of perception is among the most widespread properties of living beings. No wonder that both the Greek and Indian philosophical traditions offer rich analyses of this phenomenon. In treatises and especially in their rich output of commentaries on authoritative texts we find intricate discussions of the physical and psychological questions that surround perception, as well as epistemological discussions of its reliability.

In this co-taught seminar the students will be introduced to a representative sample of philosophical analysis of perception from the Greek and Indian traditions. The aim is to bring the two traditions into discussion with each other and ourselves, by developing a comparative perspective that makes the most of the possibilities of mutual enrichment and understanding.

Course objectives

This course aims to:

  • provide a thorough knowledge of the philosophical discussion of perception in the Indian and Greek philosophical traditions;

  • provide a working knowledge of the respective commentary traditions;

  • put into practice the principles of intercultural philosophy.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method


  • Presentation: 25%

  • Final paper: 75%


The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average of the subtests (presentation and paper). See above.


The resit consists of a revised or new final paper (75% of the overall grade). The grade for participation remains in place. Students who have obtained a satisfactory overall grade for the first examinations cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A full reading list for each week will be communicated in Brightspace, with appropriate links.


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