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Compulsory Courses for both streams of MPh


The pro-seminar introduces students to the philosophical methods, the main branches and schools of philosophy. It serves as an initiation into the process of philosophizing and to the other courses in the Master’s Programme.

Coordinator & Team

Philosophy of Nature: Advanced Issues

From the ancient times up until the 19th century science was known as natural philosophy (or philosophy of nature). After a brief over-view of the developments of natural philosophy and quick clarifications of scientific notions, this course will engage with the quick advanced issues in Philosophy of Nature.

S. Stephen Jayard

Epistemology: Contemporary Debates

Discussions in the domain of knowledge never lose their grip in the field of philosophy. This course will help students to have familiarity and clarity over the recent developments in the domains of Epistemology (both Indian and Western).

Martin Kallungal

Heidegger & Contemporary Continental Philosophy

This course is not merely a study of two philosophers but who initiated transition from Modernity to Post modernity. An introduction to the movement of contemporary continental philosophy that embraces Phenomenology, Existentialism, Hermeneutics and Postmodernism.

Johnson Puthenpurackal, OFM (Cap)

Philosophy of Nature: General Cosmology

The astounding scientific developments unfolding before us have given rise to a number of fundamental questions. An in-depth reflection on the issues they raise helps us get deeper insight into the mysteries of nature, the power and limitations of science, and the unfathomability of the Divine.

Job Kozhamthadam, SJ

Modern & Contemporary Indian Thought

We intend to see how contemporary Indian thinkers have tried to answer some of the questions that have engaged philosophers in the past: what does it mean to be human? What is our origin and destiny? How are we related to others?

John Peter Vallabadoss

God & Metaphysics: Contemporary Debates

The debates on God and Metaphysics never lose their relevance and importance. The rise in social movements, religious sects, and even scientific discoveries force us to revisit and update our traditional notions of God and Metaphysics. This course deals with advanced and contemporary debates in this area.

Thomas Kalariparambil, MSFS

Philosophy of Human Person: Advanced Issues & Perspectives

We shall analyse the contemporary situation where the God-given ecosystem (nature) is in dialectical opposition to the human-made civilization (culture). The emphasis shifts from the cosmos to human beings, truly a Copernican revolution. This course explores the possibility of a new human spirituality or outlook which calls for a radical metanoia.

Isaac Parackal, OIC

Issues in Political Philosophy

The course on political philosophy will attempt to explicate the fundamental issues related to human organization and the ethics correlated to it. It will strive to unravel the principles and mechanism of state, government, politics, liberty, justice and the enforcement of a legal code by authority. It will further discuss how one should act within a society, that is, how the individual rights such as the right to life, liberty, property, the pursuit of happiness, free speech, self-defence and so on are the requirements for a person to benefit rather than suffer from living in a society. Finally, the course will attempt to explore the relevance of the principles of political philosophy in the emerging Indian political context.

S. Francis


This is an introductory course to help students acquire a basic knowledge of Latin, and to read the church documents in original.

Nishant A. Irudayadason

Research Methodology

This course aims at helping students to choose a relevant topic for research, formulate a statement of thesis, and present arguments without fallacy. Special attention will be given to the style and the presentation of one’s research with an emphasis on documentation in the form of footnotes and bibliography so as to avoid plagiarism.

S. Francis, Dinesh Braganza, SJ & Shiju Joseph, CSC


After choosing a topic and guide with the approval of the programme coordinator, the student will have engage in scholarly research. The dissertation approved by the guide should be completed and submitted to the office without fail within the stipulated time and defended publicly before the jury of two professors (the guide and the reader).

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Compulsory Courses only for Systematic Philosophy

Faith & Reason

How can one be a believer –and a Christian- in the contemporary world that is characterized by diversity of religions on the one hand and a secular, naturalist outlook on the other with a historical and systematic perspective on the relationship between reason and faith, this course seeks to answer this question.

George Karuvelil, SJ

Historical Developments in Indian Philosophy

After giving an overview of Indian Philosophical systems, the course takes up, for an in-depth study, some salient topics of Indian philosophy (like nirvana, sould, maya) that span different systems.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ & Team

Elective Courses for Systematic Philosophy

(Oct. 30 – Dec. 19)

Indian Philosophy of Language & Hermeneutics

This course attempts a critical appreciation of the rich and significant contributions of the Indian mind to the philosophy of language and hermeneutics.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ


The effectiveness of Yoga, as a practical science and a spiritual sadhana, has world-wide acceptance. Yoga is very closely linked to the Sankhya which accounts for the plurality of beings.

Stephen C Thadam, SJ

Bhagavad Gita: A Hermeneutical Approach

The Bhagavad Gita: one song sung in many tunes. This course tries to look at the many interpretations of the Gita over the ages, and thereby discover various hermeneutical approaches, and their presuppositions to it. We also draw insights from it to enrich our life.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ

Existential Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty

This course is primarily intended to provide a creative understanding of existential phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It covers three interrelated topics in the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty: perception, the social dimensions of human existence and ontology.

Sebastian Velassery

Indian Philosophical Traditions of Saivism

Saivism is a way of life and a well-developed thought system or philosophy in India. It is vibrant in Kashmir Saivism, Saiva Siddhanta and Veera Saivism. Among them Saiva Siddhanta is a comprehensively well-developed philosophical system of South India. This course is to unearth the significant and unique aspects of Saivism.

B. Rakshakanathan

Socio-Religious Movements & Philosophy

This course explores the contexts and the dynamics of social and religious movements which emerged in the wake of what is known as the “Indian Renaissance’ in the early decades of the 19th and 20th century. Both the Renaissance and the socio-religious movements represent a narrative break in the thinking patterns of many Indians which was in many ways mediated by colonial modernity. Indian philosophy itself will undergo significant transformation during philosophical concerns raised by colonial modernity and socio-religious movements. Some methodological issues will be explored during this course. participants will take specific topics for study and late present it in the class.

V. Sebastian, SJ

(Jan. 06 – Mar. 09)

Philosophy of Religious Pluralism

This is perhaps the most live issue for us in India as well as in the Church today. The first part of the course will study the dominant approach as represented by John Hick and its critique by those like Mark Heim. The second part will attempt a new approach to the philosophy of religious pluralism.

George Karuvelil, SJ

Guided Reading

One can choose any particular author of her/his choice from the areas related to his/her final dissertation. With the approval of the MPh coordinator over the theme and the guide one can proceed with the research work.

Coordinator & Team

Systems & Philosophy of Logic: An Introduction

The objective of this course is to introduce students to different systems of logic and the philosophy of logic. The first part will deal with the various kinds from the west and India. The second part of the course will deal with the axiomatic systems and some philosophical problems of symbolic logic.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ

Natural Theology: Indian approaches to Faith & Reason

As religion continues to play an important role in the life of people in India, shared beliefs and practices of people have given rise to the phenomenon of popular religiosity: this course would explore the avenues of due recognition and critical assessment of popular religiosity from scientific and rational perspectives.

John Peter Vallabadoss

Contemporary Study of Existentialism

The course presents some of the crucial issues encountered in the contemporary existentialism. Some of the authors discussed in detail are: Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Viktor Frankland, Heidegger as well as literary master pieces from Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Camus and Grossman.

Jojo Joseph Varakukalayil, CST

Levinas and His Philosophical Influence

This course deals with some deep insights of Levinas in an attempt to develop a new relevant spirituality: connection between the destiny of ethics of God, challenge to the perception of postmodern thought as irreligious and immoral, and affirmation that religious traditions and ethical dimensions are not foreign to contemporary discourse.

S. Sekar Sebastian

Analytical Philosophy: Issues & Perspectives

Analytic Philosophy, he dominant philosophical tradition in the 20th century English speaking world, is characterized by the logical and linguistic turn in Philosophy. This course seeks to discuss the basic issues of various contemporary philosophical traditions like Analytic Philosophy, Logical Positivism and Ordinary Language Philosophy with specific focus on Ludwig Wittgenstein, who played a significant role in the developments of these traditions.

Jose Nandhikkara

Language Courses 


The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basics of Sanskrit language. With this knowledge students will be enabled to read and understand some selected texts from Vedas, Upanishadas, Bhagavadgita and Darshanas.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ


This course will introduce the students to the basics of Pali which is the scriptural language of Buddhism. The objective of the course is to enable students to read some selected texts from Dhammapada, Jatakamala and Milindapanna in the original.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ

Compulsory Courses only for Science, Philosophy & Religion

Karl Popper: Science, Society & Rationality

The purpose of this course is to discuss the main features of his philosophy pertaining to Science, Society and Rationality. After attending input sessions on these topics, students are expected to focus on specific issues, according to their own interests and pastoral needs.

S. Stephen Jayard

Issues in Natural Theology

This course explores the liminal aspect present in religions, nature and human persons. It forms the basis to introduce Natural Theology by providing both existential and rational foundation for the Divine, based on the empirical world and on our human openness to transcendence both empirical and transcendental.

Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ

Postmodernism & Science

After situating postmodernity in its modern context, we study its effect on science and conversely, how science has led to the emergence of postmodernity as we know it today, specially through philosophy of science.

S. Stephen Jayard

Elective Courses for Science, Philosophy & Religion

(Oct. 30 – Dec. 19)

Consciousness & Neuroscience

Advances in neuroscientific researches raise a complex set of questions related to theology, sacredness, religion and religious experience. This course deals with these aspects with the insights from the pioneering works of Andrew Newberg, Eugene D’Aquili and V. S. Ramachandran.

Augustine Pamplany, CST

The Concept of God in the World of Science

God being the chief coordinate of our worldview, our God-vision has also evolved in an every dynamic world of science. This course attempts to unravel change in our God-vision generated by these developments and to understand its impact on our life as beings in the world.

Victor Ferrao

The Big Question and Big History

This course takes up some pertinent themes of philosophy toward the formulation of a philosophically adequate and personalized philosophy of human existence. it attempts to formulate an integrated view of self, based on contemporary scientific and religious sensibilities.

Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ

History & Philosophy of Indian Science

India has a proud heritage of mathematical and scientific knowledge. This course seeks to familiarize the students with the major stages in the history of Indian science and discuss the significant philosophical implications of them.

Prajit K. Basu

Philosophy of Nature & Its Religious Significance

Diverse fields of natural sciences invite us to question and revisit our traditional views and appraisals. This course seeks to raise some issues like artificial intelligence, human cloning, neuro-theology etc. and attempts to reflect upon religious significance.

S. Stephen Jayard

Western Science: A Philosophical Critique

From Incompleteness to Openness

This course deals with the question whether incompleteness is ‘real’ or ‘abstract’ or ‘beyond rationality’? we respond to this question using the symbols of zero and infinity in the Indian Number System and shunyata in Buddhist tradition.

Binoy Jacob, SJ

Quantum Mechanics: Micro World and Mental States

In this course we try to comprehend the almost incomprehensible microworld and look at the role of the subject with their own mental states. Going beyond the weirdness of quantum mechanics we try to reflect on the phenomenon of the microworld with special relevance to the macro and mental worlds.

Babu Joseph

(Jan. 06 – Mar. 09)

Fractals & Theory of Chaos

This course examines the key notions of the theory of chaos on the basis of the theory of chaos. We make an attempt to apply the theory of fractals and chaos to religious and philosophical world.

Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ

The Teilhardian Synthesis of Science, Philosophy & Religion

Perhaps no other Catholic thinker has made more serious efforts to acclimatize the Christian faith in the world of modern science. This course is an attempt to study the salient features of the Teilhardian thought, to explore new ways of harmonizing faith and religion.

Job Kozhamthadam, SJ

Critical Appraisals of Indian Astronomy & Mathematics

The particular contribution of Indian astronomy and mathematics to the world of science is elaborately studied in this course. Though no mathematical background is presupposed, the students will be initiated into some of the fundamental mysteries in mathematics and astronomy.

H. Bhave

Neurotheology: Its Social & Religious Implications

This course focuses on neurology and theology, where we hope to gain new insights on soul, God and the sacred. The course is a cautious attempt to enlarge the horizon of theology taking into account the latest neurological discoveries.

Jacob Abraham

The Social Factors in Science

Based on researches which show that the goals of scientific research are largely influenced by social factors too, this course deals with concepts in science, like ‘reason’ and ‘evidence’ that are required to be understood in social contexts.

S. Stephen Jayard

Guided Reading

One can choose any particular author of her/his choice from the areas related to his/her final dissertation. With the approval of the MPh coordinator over the theme and the guide one can proceed with the research work.

Coordinator & Team

Religious Experience and the World of Science

When the certainties of modern science began the process of seriously eroding the long standing certainties of religion, religious thinkers found a new way restoring those certainties. That was the way of religious experience. To what extent has this attempt been successful? This course attempts to examine this issue.

George Karuvelil, SJ

Social Anthropology of Religion

This course examines anthropology, sociology of religion and the history of religion. Further, it examines the role of religion in shaping scientific, economic and political thought across millennia and in different societies and cultures.

Basilio Monteiro  

An Emerging Research Strategy

The time has come to search for a new strategy of science and religious explanation based on contemporary theory of complexity, epigenetic circuits, evolution-development and top-down causation. This course attempts to outline some of the paradigm shifts that my facilitate the transition to such a new research paradigm for both science and religion.

Gennaro Auletta

Bernard Lonergan

This course attempts to understand the key concepts of the contemporary canadian philosopher, to facilitate the mutually challenging and enriching relationship between science and religion. It offers a new hermeneutics presenting an alternative heuristic of sciences and religions.

Chae Young Kim

Consciousness & Materialism

This course attempts to initiate the students to the latest findings of neuroscience and attempts to apply it to a deeper understanding of soul, religion and mystical experience. The emphasis here is to study both the experimental and experiential aspects of consciousness and its relationship to material dimensions of existence.

Roy Pereira