Length: 1 year (can be spread over 2 calendar years)
Preparing for degree: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
The third year of the Bachelor's aims to explore the full ramifications of philosophical thought through introductions to various modern and contemporary philosophers.
Although they often address almost identical questions, it is interesting to see how different philosophers constitute independent worlds of thought. Each philosopher constitutes a form of synthesis, of global vision, unified around a strong and central thought.
This begs the question: can dialogue exist between these various worlds or is thought exploded in heterogeneous universes?
At the end of the third year, students demonstrate their capacity for critical thought and philosophical understanding through a final paper. This is the chance for students to show what they have learned throughout the bachelor's, and prove that they are ready to undertake postgraduate studies.
List of Courses
According to Gibelin in his Foreword to Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone, Freedom is the central theme of Kant’s philosophy. This course will introduce to Kant, centering on Freedom as a key concept to understand his philosophy, in the three spheres defined by the critical project: Metaphysics, Moral and Aesthetics.
There are many different spiritual pathways that were born in the Indian sub-continent: Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, for example, and others that came to India such as Christian and Muslim. Hindu spirituality which represents the spiritual quest of the vast majority of the people of India is rooted in the relentless and uninterrupted search of the seers from the Indian sub-continent.
This course seeks to introduce students to analytic philosophy. Students will be taken through some attempts at defining what analytic philosophy is, in particular how analytic philosophy understands philosophical problems and its own suggestions at approaching those problems. Then students will be led through an example of a debate in analytic philosophy. We will look at Strawson’s paper on referring and Russell’s response to it. The rest of the course will look at various topics considered proper to analytic philosophy.
Political philosophy is a branch of philosophy that studies essential questions about various political issues, concepts and problems that are important to any human society. Based on concepts such as state, justice, liberty, rights, government and authority, political philosophy can be regarded as the primal ethics applied to a group of people, geared towards the setting up of a political society, the maintenance of a stable society and the best possible way for citizens to act.