Jawaharlal Nehru University




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New Delhi, Delhi 110065


Program Information

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Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Centre for Philosophy has been recently established in the School of Social Sciences in the University. The Centre is beginning an M.Phil. Programme in philosophy for the first time in the University from the academic session of 2005-06. The programme of study for M.Phil comprises of two compulsory papers, two optional papers, and writing of a dissertation. The compulsory papers are: (i) Concepts in Philosophy, and (ii) Philosophical Analysis. In addition to the compulsory papers, the Centre offers a wide range of optional papers in the fields of Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, Studies in Analytical Philosophy, Phenomenology and Existentialism, Philosophy of Science including Social Sciences, Social and Political Philosophy. The Centre focuses on the study of problems and concerns of philosophy cutting across traditions and narrow disciplinary boundaries. In contrast to the prevalent tendency to divide philosophy either in terms of geographical or civilisational boundaries, or in terms of exclusionary divisions of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics etc., issues-oriented interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research will be a core concern of the Centre. In addition to the study of foremost themes of ontology, epistemology, and ethics, the curriculum of the Centre has been designed in terms of relatively newer philosophical approaches, which visualise philosophy in relation to other disciplines, such as Philosophy of Social Sciences, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Language. The Centre will endeavour to provide the students with a deeper and stronger foundation for advanced studies in philosophy. For this purpose, the teaching and research are designed to train the students to engage critically with original philosophical texts, both classical and contemporary, with a high degree of methodological rigour. The students will be encouraged to reflect steadily on key concepts and central problems of philosophy. The Centre will provide its students ample opportunities to meet distinguished philosophers and scholars, from various parts of India and outside India, for discussions of philosophical issues of on a regular basis. Since its recent inception, the Centre has been active in organising seminars, workshops, lectures and discussions on philosophical issues of general and inter-disciplinary interest. The Centre has invited visiting faculty and resource persons from abroad and within the country for strengthening its academic programmes. The Centre proposes to start an interdisciplinary philosophical forum, with membership open to the students and faculty from the other centres and schools on the campus, for making philosophical debates and discussions an integral feature of the academic life on the campus. The Centre will strive to create a body of scholarly work that can yield newer and richer reflections on philosophical problems. The programmes of the Centre will also address substantive philosophical issues relevant to present day society and polity. This will also serve the very spirit with which the University was founded. M.Phil Programme The Centre is beginning an M.Phil. Programme in philosophy for the first time in the University from the academic session of 2005-06. The academic programme has been guided by the Centre’s vision as highlighted above. It takes note of the recent developments in the subject in which scholars are redefining the concerns of philosophy in terms of ethical responsibility and the very questioning of basic assumptions that underpinned the conceptions of knowledge, truth, objectivity and morality. In encouraging an engagement with the central concerns of philosophical reasoning, the essential readings for the course draw upon the creative resources available across diverse traditions. In addition to encouraging reading of original texts, the students will be expected to move from exegesis to a problem-oriented critical study.


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