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UG Level

COMPULSORY COURSES


Introduction to Philosophy

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 also see how philosophy is connected to knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular.

– S. Francis


Philosophy of World Religions

I “Religions of Indian Origins”

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.

– Sandeep Jagtap, SJ

II “Islam”

This section of the course is a journey into the philosophy of Islam. The basic philosophical concepts such as God, World and Human being will be discussed. The main focus of the course will be on the philosophical relevance of Islam in the world of challenging religious pluralism and disturbing nationalism.

– G. Lazar, SVD


History of Philosophy I: Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

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.

– Isaac Parackal, OIC


Logic

This course tries to familiarise 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.

– Henry D’Almeida, SJ


History of Philosophy II: Modern 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.

– Thomas Kalariparambil, MSFS


History of Philosophy III: Indian Philosophy

The course would familiarise 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


History of Philosophy IV : Contemporary Philosophy

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

– Jojo Joseph V


History of Philosophy V : 21st Century

This course tries to explicate the origin, development and the manifestation of modernity first in the European / Christian context and then in the colonised world. It further attempts to unravel the nuances of modernity as they have been theorised by both the classical and contemporary thinkers


Philosophy of Knowledge I: Introductory Issues

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

– S. Francis


Philosophy of Knowledge II: Advanced Issues

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. Utilising 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.

– George Karuvelil, SJ


Philosophy of Knowledge III: Pronesis

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?

– S. Francis


Philosophy of Nature I: Classical Cosmology

This course looks into it basic notions and ideas of Philosophy of Nature.

– Job Kozhamthadam, SJ


Philosophy of Nature II: Contemporary Cosmology

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.

– S. Stephen Jayard


Philosophy of Human Person I: Phenomenological Perspectives

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.

– Johnson Puthenpurackal, OFM Cap


Philosophy of Human Person II: Freedom & Death

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?” and “What happens to us after death?”

-Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ


Indian Studies : Classical Systems

This course will familiarise 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

– Henry D’Almeida, SJ


Women Philosophers

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.

– Gayatri Mendanha


Moral Philosophy I

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.

– Nishant A. Irudayadason


Political Philosophy I

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.

– Victor Ferrao


Metaphysics II

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.

– Isaac Parackal, OIC


Natural Theology

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.

– Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ


Metaphysics I

Metaphysics concerns the ultimate nature of reality. This course introduces some of its central topics, including : matter, time, God, free mind, persons and kinds.


Natural Theology II

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.

– Job Kozhamthadam, SJ


Moral Philosophy II

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.


Political Philosophy II

The course aims at developing an insight into the juristic foundation of a legal system and critically analysing the contribution of various philosophical schools of law including Natural law Theory, Legal Positivism, Historical School of Law, Sociological Jurisprudence and American Legal Realism.

– Peter Ladis F


Indian Studies : Folk Philosophy

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’.


Indian Studies : Tribal Philosophies

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.

– Arjen Tete, SJ


Comprehensive Oral Examination

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.

– Faculty Members


Philosophy Research Project

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

-Faculty Members

SUPPLEMENTARY OBLIGATORY COURSE


Research Methodology

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 scientific paper.

– Shiju Joseph E, CSC


Rhetorics

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.


General English

This courses takes up advanced issues in English meant both for professional writing and philosophical reflection.

– Nirmala Chandy


Latin

This is an introductory course to help students acquire a basic knowledge of Latin,develop good language study habits, see the relationship between Latin and other languages, especially English. This course gives intensive grounding in grammar, vocabulary and syntax.

– Thomas Karimundackal, SJ


Sanskrit

This course aims at imparting knowledge of: Basic Grammar,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 .


Prakrt

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,grammar and vocabulary.

– Henry D’Almeida, SJ


Pali

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.

– Henry D’Almeida, SJ


Faith & Reason

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 Praeambulafidei and the concrete application of Epistemology.It will enable the students to synthesise some key ideas from their major philosophy courses.

– George Karuvelil, SJ