M.A.

M.A. in Philosophy
M.A. programme is designed to develop philosophical aptitude and analytical skills among the students through a rigorous training in the discipline. It will focus on the study of the distinctive character of philosophical inquiry, debates in metaphysics, epistemology, logic and ethics.

Since philosophical inquiry is not isolated, but rooted in the basic questions of other academic disciplines, and social life, students will be encouraged to comprehend the interdisciplinary and foundational character of philosophical studies. They will also be trained to identify and appreciate the sources of philosophical questions and puzzles in our reflections on language, thought, knowledge and values.

The programme reviews and attempts to overcome the received binaries and dichotomies such as study of philosophy in terms of geographical and civilizational divisions, intra disciplinary segregations like analytic philosophy and phenomenology, metaphysics and epistemology, moral and social philosophy, etc. An intensive study of philosophical texts for a critical appraisal of concepts and arguments used by philosophers, and writing of philosophical essays is an integral part of the programme.

Course Structure
The students are required to take 10 core and 06 optional courses of 04 credits each. Out of the 06 optional courses, students are encouraged to take 02 courses from other Centres/Schools.

The four core courses in the First Semester address the foundational character of philosophical studies. These are: (i) Philosophical Studies: Problems and Perspectives, (ii) Epistemology and Metaphysics: Issues and Problems of Knowing and Being, (iii) Moral and Social Philosophy, and (iv) Logic and Scientific Methods.

The four core courses in the Second Semester address the inter-disciplinary character of philosophical studies, and also acquaint students to some of the important developments in 20th century philosophy. These are: (i) Philosophy of Social Sciences; (ii) Philosophy of Language, (iii) Readings in 20th century Indian Philosophy, and (iv) Readings in Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology.

The remaining two core courses—(i) Reading a Philosopher and (ii) Project on a Philosophical Theme—are seminar papers. These are offered in the Third and the Fourth Semesters respectively. The former engages the students in an intensive study of selected text(s) of a philosopher, and the latter in writing a philosophical essay based on their individual research project.

The optional courses are designed in view of the academic and research interests of the faculty members of the Centre. These courses focus on the presuppositions and implications of the on-going philosophical debates. 

MA Syllabus

 

Semester I - Monsoon (Core)

Course TitleNo.CreditPattern of Evaluation
Philosophical Studies: Problems and PerspectivesPH401S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Epistemology and Metaphysics: Issues and Problems of Knowing and BeingPH402S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Moral and Social PhilosophyPH403S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Logic and Scientific MethodsPH404S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Semester II - Winter (Core)

Course TitleNo.CreditPattern of Evaluation
Philosophy of Social SciencesPH405S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Philosophy of LanguagePH406S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Readings in 20th Century Indian PhilosophyPH407S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Readings in Analytic Philosophy and PhenomenologyPH408S4

Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50%

End Semester Examination 50%

Semester III - Monsoon (Core)

Course TitleNo.CreditPattern of Evaluation

Seminar Course: Reading a Philosopher (One of the following Philosophers)

A. Aristotle
B. Sankara
C. Immanuel Kant-I
D. Immanuel Kant-II
E. John Stuart Mill
F. Bertrand Russell
G. Ludwig Wittgenstein
H. Jean-Paul Sartre
I. Simone de Beauvoir
J. W.V.O. Quine

PH409S4End-semester seminar presentation

Semester IV - Winter (Core)

Course TitleNo.CreditPattern of Evaluation
Seminar Course: Project on a Philosophical ThemePH410S4End-semester seminar presentation

Semester III & IV - Winter (Optional)

Course TitleNo.CreditPattern of Evaluation
Contending Theories on Justice 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Philosophical Discourses on Modernity and Postmodernity 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Diversity of Cultures and Multiculturalism: A Philosophical Study 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Personal Identity 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Philosophy of Mind 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Theories of Truth: Reading Quine, Davidson, Dummett and Putnam 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Facets of Existentialism 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Discourses on Value 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Ethics in Practice 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Philosophy and Feminism 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%
Philosophy and Literature 4Two Mid-Semester Sessionals 50% 
End Semester Examination 50%