Philosophers who want to expand their curriculum to include non-Western philosophy often worry that they lack expertise to do so well. While that may be true for advanced courses, I think that it is possible for non-specialists to teach introductory- and even intermediate-level philosophy courses in Indian Philosophy given the materials available to us today.

This page collects (1) links to useful resources online and (2) copies of my own syllabi and course material.

I am happy to share my syllabi and course materials with other instructors. If you have questions about incorporating Indian philosophy into your class, you are welcome to email me.

Useful Online Resources

1. Collections of syllabi & selected individual syllabi
2. Bibliographic materials
3. Encyclopedia entries and e-books
4. Resources Websites
My Syllabi and Course Materials

1. Teaching the commentaries on the Bhagavad Gītā (Śaṅkara and Rāmānuja).
Teaching the Gītā in tandem with the Gītā Bhāṣya-s gives students an introduction to the commentarial tradition in Indian thought. It gives them an opportunity to see how later thinkers have tried to resolve tensions within the text. Focusing on 2.12-18, as I have done, allows for an explicit dialectic between Rāmānuja and Śaṅkara (this is one of only two places where Rāmānuja explicitly engages in polemics). It also illustrates the relationship between metaphysics and ethics in Indian philosophy.

Malcolm Keating,
Oct 29, 2017, 12:19 AM