The study of philosophy is intended not only to enhance career prospects for students but also to train the mind for better logical thinking, mental discipline, ability for analysis and synthesis, critical reflection on social and political realities. philosophy broadens people's vision towards national integration, genuine appreciation of others' worldviews, better understanding of various thought patterns and peaceful co-existence. It also becomes a means to social transformation to build a better nation and to ensure social equality, human dignity and human rights for the citizens. Ultimately ideas change persons and societies.
- To familiarize the students with the philosophy subject, its branches, problems, methods and also it provide a wider canvas about tackling day to day problems in a larger perspective.
- To introduce basics of the science of logic and reasoning, this is the most effective means of developing logical abstract thinking in students. It tries to provide students with a mastery of logic so that they can think in clearer terms and be less prone to error.
- To introduce the ethical philosophies propounded in the different Indian Philosophical Systems. It highlights the main tenants of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Gandhian, Gita and Vedic Culture.
- To give an insight into the nature of ethics, moral notions and basic moral theories as propounded by Western ethical philosophers and also deal with the problems of applied ethics.
- To introduce the main epistemological and metaphysical issues as discussed in the various Indian Philosophical Systems.
- To introduce the main epistemological and metaphysical issues as discussed in the various Western Philosophical Systems.
Students completing a BA in Philosophy achieved the following competencies:
- Application of philosophical methods in abstraction of ideas, their explanation and interpretation.
- Identify an argument in a passage of ordinary text, including identifying the premises and conclusions and distinguishing them from extraneous information.
- Knowledge of contemporary methods of philosophical inquiry and their applications.
- Understanding of Indian and Western ethical philosophies and their influence on life.
- Understanding of concepts of right, wrong, good and bad and understanding of moral principles and their application in everyday life.
- Apply basic ethical concepts and approaches to solving practical problems in ethics, including environment, abortion, female –foeticide etc.
- Ability to understand reality from Indian and Western perspectives and understand the various ancient and contemporary issues of philosophy.
- Understanding of Indian and Western Philosophical Systems and their main characteristics via different concepts and theories.
- Classroom Lectures, Student Presentations, Group Discussions
- Class –content oriented Quiz and Competition
- Expert Lectures and Interaction, Workshop and Seminars
The Department running a B.A.General (Philosophy Course) since its inception. The course includes the following compulsory papers:
i. Elements of Philosophy
i. Indian Ethics
ii. Western Ethics
i. Indian Epistemology and Metaphysics
ii. Western Epistemology and Metaphysics.
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