Description
QUANTUM KARMA: SCIENCE IN HINDU AND BUDDHIST TRADITIONS
** available as of 06/30/2021
We have likely all encountered arguments in which sweeping claims are made about the relationship between religion and science. These claims often generalize on the basis of a limited knowledge of a few locally visible religious traditions. This course offers students an opportunity to explore the way science has interacted with some of the traditions often neglected by these debates. In particular, we will explore how the close relationship between European imperialism and scientific institutions created new parameters for conversations about Hindu and Buddhist traditions. This led intellectuals in these traditions to develop systems of thought that integrate scientific and religious ideas. These ideas played an important role in processes of decolonization, the development of religious nationalism, and the transnational spread of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Details
Grading Basis
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 0619
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus