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Global Philosophy Group Talk (Maria Heim, Amherst College)
Friday November 5, 2021, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Global Philosophy Research Interest Group is delighted to welcome Maria Heim (Amherst College). Dr. Heim is interested in the intellectual, philosophical, religious, and literary history of ancient India, with a particular emphasis on Buddhism. She works in two classical Indian languages, Sanskrit and Pali. Her current projects focus on emotions in classical Indian thought across genres, and she is also translating the Milindapanha for the Murty Classical Library of India.
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How to Study Emotions in Classical India
This talk will explore various ways to study “emotions” (a category invented by the modern West) in ancient and classical Indian texts. I focus on envy, jealousy, spite, and allied experiences in a case study of the fine-grained definitional, narrative, and philosophical practices treating human experience offered by Indian texts. The talk will also engage in some comparative work with Aristotle’s ideas about envy, to sharpen distinctions.
About the Global Philosophy Group
The Global Philosophy Research Interest Group explores the benefits of drawing on diverse traditions of thought in approaching philosophical questions. These include novel insights into familiar problems, new questions and research directions, and fresh methodologies. We work to deprovincialize and decolonize all aspects of philosophy in the academy. The group currently has strengths in Sanskrit philosophy, and Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy in English, and classical Islamic philosophy.SHARE