General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Ancient Greece and Ancient India: An Introduction to Comparative Philosophy
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Maria Marcinkowska-Rosół
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor UAM
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

  1. To gain a deeper understanding of comparative philosophy, its aims and methods
  2. To learn about the specific challenges of comparative philosophy, such as descriptive chauvinism, and about how to successfully avoid them
  3. To develop the ability to find the common ground among different traditions needed as a basis for intercultural comparison
  4. To acquire the ability to compare selected philosophical ideas of ancient Greece and ancient India, taking into account the wider cultural and social context of their origin and their development over time

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

English skills - advanced level


Course learning content:

selected philosophical ideas of ancient Greece, and their development over time

selected philosophical ideas of ancient India, and their development over time

the cultural, social, and political contexts of the origin of philosophical ideas in Greece and in India

similarities and differences between selected Greek and Indian philosophical ideas and between their development over time in both regions


Reading list

  1. Halbfass, Wilhelm, India and Europe: An Essay in Understanding. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988.
  2. McEvilley, Thomas. The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies. New York: Allworth Press, 2002.
  3. Seaford, Richard (ed.), Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought, Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
  4. West, Martin L., Early Greek Philosophy and The Orient, Oxford University Press, 1971.
  5. Seaford, Richard, The origins of philosophy in ancient Greece and India: a historical comparison. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  6. Harris, B. (ed.), Neoplatonism and Indian Thought, Albany, 1982.