Archive for January, 2010

Understanding Jainisam Programme for international students/scholars
(23 July to 12 Aug, 2010)

The programme of Understanding Jainism will commence from July 23 to August 12, 2010. This is a three week programme of Understanding Jainism, and intensive programme emphasizing on Jain Philosophy, Ethics, Non-violence, Meditation etc. for the Understanding of Jainism, creative nonviolence, relevance of amity and to train for emotionally balanced life-style.
The programme will be organized at university campus, Ladnun in the pleasant summer weather. The course fee is $ 500/U 400, which includes boarding and lodging. There will be extra-curricular activities also like meditation sessions, cultural interaction, wild life sanctuary visit etc. Ladnun is well connected by road from Delhi and Jaipur. Interested person can contact for any quarry to the undersigned.
This three week programme is designed for motivated and accomplished undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy, religion, south Asian studies, theology and anthropology etc who wish to learn about Jainism and take it up as a part of their graduate studies. This program is also designed to cater to the needs of full time faculty such as professors, instructors and, PhD students in allied subjects like history, art, music, public health, bio-ethics, education, management etc who wish to learn about Jainism and its relevance to their fields of interest and specialization.

Please note
1. To gain the credit students and scholars for program must be registered with a university (The scholars who are willing to explore and learn Jainism and meditation, and do not want to get credit, are also eligible)
2. All applicants are expected to be fluent in English since this is the medium of instruction.
3. As this programme is designed to stimulate the participants to explore Indian culture in general and Jainism in particular, the participants are expected to adhere to simple living, nonviolent life style and vegetarian food while in JVBU Campus.

(Dr Anil Dhar)
Dy. Director
M.S. Anekant Shodhpeeth
ID: anljvbi@gmail.com
Ph: 01581-222110
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School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi



From Experience to Thought: Debates in Consciousness, Cognition and Agency

7th, 8th and 9th January, 2010

Committee Room, School of Social Sciences – I

The relationship between our experience of the external world, other persons and of us and thoughts arising out of these different levels of experience has been a major area of philosophical enquiry. Along with our bodily and emotional experiences, perception and the other sensory modalities give us experience of the world. We also entertain thoughts, both particular as well as general, about the world and about ourselves. Some of these experiences, sensations and thoughts are conscious, some are not. Clearly, experience influences thought – you see an accident and form the belief that someone is in distress. Or you experience your own actions, and revise your beliefs about what you want accordingly. Furthermore, our thoughts influence our experience – you decide to try out skydiving and gain some new experiences. Or your expectations colour how you experience the world. But the epistemic and cognitive relations between experience and thought and the philosophical underpinnings of this interaction are not well understood. Neither is it clear as to what role consciousness plays in connecting experience to thought. This set of problems touch upon influential problems in metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of mind, as well as more tangible issues in theories of agency, critical thinking, decision theory, as well as moral theory and psychopathology. The dynamic and interactive relation between experience and thought has been studied not only by philosophers, but also by psychologists, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists and other allied disciplines. This conference will take an interdisciplinary approach to this question of how experience and thought influence each other, (or, may be, the more fundamental question as to whether they are at all separable) and consider novel ways of understanding how we get from experience to thought and then back again. This problem can be approached from different, but not unrelated perspectives. There are important insights that can be drawn from Classical Indian Philosophy regarding the relation between experiences and thought that may also be used in problematizing and understanding the debates in this area.
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