PHL 360: Mind,Meditation&Phenomenology
Prerequisite: Semester course in Philosophy or permission of instructor
General Education requirement: Cultural & Artistic Literacy
Study of the intentional structures of meditative states and experiences. The course aims to familiarize students with phenomenological theories of intentionality. A variety of meditative traditions are surveyed in terms of both techniques and outcomes. The debate between constructivists, who believe meditative experiences are always mediated by culture, concepts, and expectations, and perennialists, who deny that all meditative experiences are mediated, is examined.