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The Political Ascetic
HIST 314
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: GSAS 316

This seminar will examine the historical significance of the ascetic, both as a figure in politics as well as an ideal that has radically transformed the way politics is understood. A key goal of the seminar is to examine the dialogue between Indian and European theories of asceticism over the longue durée. Readings will include reflections on asceticism by well-known figures like the Buddha, Krishna (in the Bhagavad Gita), Plato, Sankara, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Gandhi, Weber, and Foucault, alongside lesser-known writers like Kautilya, Bankim, Savarkar, and Sahajanand Saraswati.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-14-2024
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