What is Philosophy? Why is it requirement for priestly formation in the Catholic Church? Has it any special relevance in general culture? For India today? How does one “philosophies”? After attempting to answer these questions we laso see how philosophy is connected to knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular.
This course seeks to introduce students to the world-views, doctrines, perspectives, practices, myths, rituals and schools of different world religions. It is meant to broaden one’s horizon of understanding of the multi-faceted religious traditions and to reflect on their contribution to integral human liberation.
This course seeks to introduce students to the philosophers of the West starting from Pre-Socratic thinkers to Medieval philosophers. While introducing these philosophers, attempts will be made to show how they tried to grapple with the perennial issues of human life that are relevant for us today.
This course tries to familiarize the students with the various modes of argument and enable them to distinguish valid and invalid reasoning through classical and symbolic login. There will be also an introduction to the contributions from inductive and multi valued login. The course concludes with the insights from Indian logic and the relevance of logic to the field of Philosophy.
This course deals with the modern philosophy, starting from the 17th century renaissance thinkers up to the School of Idealism. We shall be dealing with the basic thoughts of these great minds, with a view to understand our mind-set and vision.
The course would familiarize the students with the world of the Vedas, Upanisads, the Bhagavadgita and their views on the world, human being and God. This will be facilitated through the study of relevant texts. The modern thinkers will be the focus of the modern period
The course begins with the 19th century philosophers and philosophical movement which would be followed by a detailed look on Frankfurt school, Philosophy of Life, Phenomenology and Existentialism. This course will also introduce the students to thinkers of Modern Hermeneutics and Feminism
This course tires to explicate the origin, development and the manifestation of modernity first in the European / Christian context and then in the colonized world. It further attempts to unravel the nuances of modernity as they have been theorized by both the classical and contemporary thinkers
This course has two parts. In the first part the basic issues of Epistemology are discussed, while in the second part the focus is on the basic questions of Hermeneutics. It seeks to analyse the basic principles and the issues in both these disciplines, as a preparation for the second part of the course
The focus of the course will be on the tension between knowledge and interpretation, objectivity and subjectivity, realism and constructivism. It will deal the critiques of modern epistemology and the basic orientation of the postmodern critiques and to examine issues such as relativism and incomprehensibility. Utilizing the inter-subjective context of a communication theory, it will outline a way of holding together the perennial epistemic concerns like truth and understanding, subjectivity and objectivity.
Drawing from Aristotle, in this course we raise significant questions like: How far is philosophy of knowledge praxis oriented? What is the relationship between theory and practice? How can philosophy of knowledge help us to improve ourselves?
This course looks into it basic notions and ideas of Philosophy of Nature.
This course is an attempt to focus on the scientists’ view of the cosmos in the light of modern theories (relatively, quantum mechanics, the ‘big bang’ theory, etc.,). Important and relevant issues like the Finiteness of the Universe in Space and Time, the Origin, Nature and Destiny of the Universe, Church’s Teachings on the theory of Evolution, Biblical Creation and Scientific Evolution are given a special focus.
Basing itself on the insights of the contemporary western philosophy, especially those of Heidegger, the course takes the students beyond those insights and challenges them to be ‘thinkers’ in a world that is prone to thoughtlessness. Looking from a phenomenological perspective, the course embraces the various dimensions of the human.
This course is an attempt to answer the fundamental issues of human identity, uniqueness, including the basic questions like : “Are we really free?”, “Can only human beings love?” nad “What happens to us after death?”
This course will familiarize the students with the astika and nastika system of Indian Classical Philosophy. We will cover the important authors and their works. An attempt is made to discuss the contemporary relevance of the philosophies
This course brings to the fore ideas, thoughts and dreams on freedom, individuality and ethics. The mind of a woman, her experience of her own embodiment, her voice as heard in her time and questions that remain unanswered are what this course aims to present.
Besides facilitating a healthy understanding of free and concious choices, in the light of philosophical reasoning and of ethical values, this course offers a theoretical reflection o patterns of moral behavior and conditions of moral practices.
This course offers a critical introduction to debates in western political theory. After presenting a brief survey on major political thinkers of the West, this course would address some of the vital questions like balancing individuality and community, and negotiating liberty and equality.
This course is an attempt to answer the fundamental question : :What is there” and “Why there is something at all”” This course ia an attempt to answer the fundamental concept of Essence and Existence. Basing ourselves on the classical and Neo-Thomistic metaphysical notions, we try to understand reality as a whole.
Taking inspiration from Saint Thomas Aquinas this course seeks to find a midpoint between fideism and rationalism. After discussing arguments for God’s existence, some specific issues like the problem of evil, the role of miracle, and the significance of religious language, will be taken up for discussion.
Metaphysics concerns the ultimate nature of reality. This course introduces some of its central topics, including : matter, time, God, free mind, persons and kinds.
This course aims at exploring the ideas of thinkers lie David Hume, Bertrand Russell and Kai Nielson. In the light of our serious, impartial and critical study of these staunchest challenges to date, we are led to conclude that, despite certain logical and philosophical difficulties, theism is philosophically sound and justifiable.
The course deals with the applied ethics of sexual abuse of children and its prevention. The method is a blend of face-to-face workshops and online learning, trying to foster awareness of children’s rights, protection and ethical basis.
The course aims at developing an insight into the juristic foundation of a legal system and critically analyzing the contribution of various philosophical schools of law including Natural law Theory, Legal Positivism, Historical School of Law, Sociological Jurisprudence and American Legal Realism.
This course will start with some basic knowledge about the study of Folklore and its various theoretical approaches and concepts. With the help of the various studies in Folklore and ethnography done in India, this course will bring to light the Philosophical insights of the ‘Folk’.
This course is indented to give interpretation of and a theoretical perspective on the way of life “simple” societies. The student will be helped to think of the strength and perseverance of a great category of people that has for a long time been misinterpreted as pre-logical and cultural.
After having completed all the requirements of BPh programme, the students are required to take the comprehensive exam which covers all the obligatory basic courses before a panel of examiners. The exam focuses on over all comprehension, philosophical reasoning and holistic vision.
This is a summer project. Students at the end of II year with the guidance of faculty members choose one topic to make an extensive study using scientific tools, draw philosophical implications of their study and present it to the faculty members in the beginning of the III year
SUPPLEMENTARY OBLIGATORY COURSE
The Course seeks to equip students with the methods and tools for scientific research in Philosophy. It will enable the students to analyse concepts, formulate a philosophical problem, essays and present philosophical arguments with appropriate documentation in the form of a scietific paper.
Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific context. This course takes up the issues of communication and disclosure.
This courses takes up advanced issues in English meant both for professional writing and philosophical reflection.
This is an introductory course to help students acquire a basic knoweledge of Latin,develop good language study habits, see the relationship between Latin and other languages, especially English. This course gives intensive grounding in grammer, vocabulary and syntax.
This course aims at imparting knowledge of: Basic Grammer,transliteration with the help of diacritical marks, some of the basic terms, and their nuances in Indian Philosophy and Religion.It will also help students to read and understand passages from the Upanisads and the Bhagvad Gita, and to prase the slokas .
This course aims at imparting to the students the basic knowledge of Prakrt language. It also aims at helping the students develop the ability to read Prakrt well. The course consists of conversations,grammer and vocabulary.
This course will introduce the students to the basics of Pali which is the scriptural language of Buddhism. It will enable the students to read and understand some selected canonical and non-canonical texts in the original.
This course, by providing a historical and systematic perspective on the relationship between reason and faith, helps the students to relate their faith to the contemporary culture. It is meant to be a contemporary Praembulafidei and the concrete application of Epistemology.It will enable the students to synthesize some key ideas from their major philosophy courses.