This course will look at two fundamental questions that were asked by the Vedic people of India. (1) How did this world come about? (2) How do we fit into this world - or what is our role - or what is the purpose of life? These two fundamental human questions spawn many other related questions and issues that we will look at in the class.
We will look at the ideas of pre-Socratic Greek thinkers such as the Milesians, Phythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Democritus, and compare them with the ideas of Indian thinkers during (roughly) the same period