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Sanskrit (and) philosophy. Permanently in beta phase. Blogging at https://t.co/KM8R2yuYas and https://t.co/6E4IKTaLgR. Articles at https://t.co/TocFkDHsis Here to learn & share
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May 16 31 tweets 7 min read
Short thread on "Introduction to Philosophy".
My ideal curriculum is the one implemented by Jay Garfield and others and taught by @sutrasandstuff and others, namely a completely non-Eurocentric introductory class.
But, what to do until we get there? 1/ Intro classes are (in the universities I know of) meant both for outsiders who only take 1 class of philosophy & students who will chose philosophy as their major. Thus, the Intro class has at least also the purpose to put students in the position to follow their next classes 2/
May 16 4 tweets 1 min read
Some of my favourite comments from this year's #StudentEvaluations:
—I don't lecture enough: "students talk more than the professor because participation is required"
—I am a good substitute for coffeine: "The professor was always enthusiastic in presenting the material 1/ regardless of the 9am lecture. It helps the student wake up"
—I make them tolerate religion: "As someone who knew nothing abt religion she was able to not only make me understand but to enable me to be able to make good Q on the philosophical aspects of it. The prof was one 2/
May 10 107 tweets 21 min read
Ongoing thread on #HansVermeer's 1984 (Skopos Theory explained), on #Translation. Let me start with some of my favourite quotes:
"Language is a system" (p. 19)—>Hence, discussing about how to translate a single word is a misunderstanding of the way language works. 1/ In HV's words: "Simple signs can be combined to form complex signs, e.g. words form sentences, and sentences form texts. A sequence of simple signs is not just a collection of signs but a new sign of higher rank […] The formation of super-signs is language-specific. 2/
May 15, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
1. In order to write a PhD thesis on #SanskritPhilosophy, you need to know #Sanskrit
2. Sanskrit is hard: You need a strong motivation to learn it, the kind of motivation undergrads rarely have!
How do we lose this catch-22 problem, assuming that grad school is ≤6 ys? 1/5 A. Only admit to PhD programs in #SanskritPhilosophy students who know Sanskrit already (e.g., young Indian students who learnt it at school or very motivated undergrads) 2/5
May 3, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Typical situation outside India: One completes a Sanskrit class (in 2--4 terms) and does not know how to bridge the gap between one's knowledge and what is needed to read philosophical texts autonomously. What can one do? Typically a combination of the following ones: 1/3 1. One reads a lot on one's own (e.g., one picks up a text like the Nyāyabhāṣya and reads it side-by-side with a translation like Matthew Dasti's translation of the Nyāyasūtra and Bhāṣya)
2. One sits in as many classes as possible with teachers reading texts 2/3
Apr 30, 2021 18 tweets 5 min read
Friendly invitation to a truth-oriented debate (#vāda), for which we will be allowed to use only rational arguments and not our personal dislikes or likes unless we can give reasons for them:
Suppose that some members of religion X (say, Zen Buddhism) misbehave,
e.g., because of sexual assaults to people who trusted them in a religious way. We would surely condemn them. And we would be right. But we would be wrong if we did not condemn the same behaviour in our religion (say, Greek Christian orthodoxy), correct? #TheologicalDebates