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ST. PHILOMENAS COLLEGE

(AUTONOMOUS) MYSORE

UNDER GRADUATE COURSE

THREE YEARS SIX SEMESTERS

SYLLABUS FOR

PHILOSOPHY

2017-18 onwards

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ST. PHILOMENAS COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), MYSORE 570015

A COLLEGE OF EXCELLENCE (UGC)

SUBJECT: PHILOSOPHY

SYLLABUS FOR B.A. COURSE UNDER SEMESTER SCHEME

DURATION OF THE COURSE THREE YEARS/SIX SEMESTERS

FROM THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 ONWARDS

Sem

este

r

Title of the Paper

Teaching Scheme

Hrs/Wk Examination Scheme

Theory

No. of

credits Duration in

Hours

Theory/Prac

tical

Proper Max.

Marks

I A Max

Marks Total Marks

I Logic: Western & Indian

Paper-I

06

6 03 80 20 100

II

History of Western

Philosophy: Ancient &

Modern

Paper-II

06

6 03 80 20 100

III

Indian Philosophy: Vedic &

Non Vedic Schools

Paper-III

06

6 03 80 20 100

IV

Contemporary Western and

Indian Philosophy

Paper-IV

06

6 03 80 20 100

V

Philosophy of Nature and

Science

Paper-V

03

3 03 80 20

300 Philosophy of Knowledge

Paper-VI

03

3 03 80 20

Philosophy of Man Paper-

VII

03

3 03 80 20

VI

Philosophy of Being

Paper-VIII

03

3 03 80 20

300

Philosophy of Religion

Paper-IX

03

3 03 80 20

Ethics

Paper- X

03

3 03 80 20

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Semester I Paper 1

Logic: Western and Indian

Marks theory 80, Internal Assessment 20 = 100

6 Hrs/week = 84 Hrs

COURSE OBJECTIVE

Aristotles deductive logic which has withstood the tests of many centuries is imparted to

students as an aid to the art and science of correct reasoning and correct argumentation.

Knowledge of Inductive Logic adds further to the formation of the mind of the students. The

Ancient Indian School of logic is Nyaya. It has a combination of both the deductive and

inductive form of reasoning.

SYLLABUS

Unit 1: Nature and Scope of Logic

i) Definition and Scope of Logic

ii) Logic as science or art

iii. Logic as positive and normative science

Unit 2: Words and Terms

i) Properties of Terms: Connotation and Denotation

ii) Classification of Terms

Unit 3: Nature and Modality of Propositions

i) Judgment: Sentences and Propositions; Parts of Propositions

ii) Types of Propositions: Categorical, Hypothetical and Disjunctive

ii) Propositions Based on Quantity and Quality

iii) Distribution of Terms in Propositions

iv) Reduction of Sentences to Logical Form

Unit 4: Inference

i) Immediate inference: Conversion, Observations, Contraposition

ii) Mediate inference or syllogism: Structure and rules of Syllogism

iii) Deductive fallacies

iv) Figures of moods validity of the arguments

Unit 5: Inductive Logic

Inductive and Deductive reasoning

Elements of Inductive Logic

Scientific Method

Types of Inductive Logic

Unit 6: Nyaya concept of inference (anumana)

i) Constituents of Inference

ii) Vyapti

iii) Types of Inference

iv) Comparison between Nyaya and Aristotelian logic

Primary Reference

Anne Felice, Logic and Theory of Knowledge, Cochin: St Teresas College, 1987.

Bola Nath Roy, Textbook of Deductive Logic, Calcutta: S C Sarkar and Sons Ltd., 1949.

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Hiriyanna, M. Outlines of Indian Philosophy, London: Allen and Unwin, 1932.

Secondary Reference

Basantani, K.T., Introduction to Logic, Bombay: A.R. Sheth & Co., 1976.

Bittle, Celestine, The Science of Correct Thinking, Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1950.

Cohen & Nagel, An Introduction to Logic and Scientific Methodology, New Delhi: Allied

Publisher, 1990.

Copi, Irving M. & Cohen, Carl, Introduction to Logic (First Indian Reprint), Delhi: Pearson

Education, 2001.

Dasgupta, Surendranath, History of Indian Philosophy, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1976.

Deussen, Paul, The Philosophy of the Upanisads, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1908.

Felice, Anne, Logic and Theory of Knowledge, Cochin: St. Teresas Mercy Home Press, 1982.

Klenk, Virginia, Understanding Symbolic Logic, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1984.

Mellone, S.H., Introductory Text Book of Logic, London: Win Blackhood and Sons, 1950.

Mohanty, Phani & Sahoo, Harischandra, An Introduction to Deductive Logic, New Delhi:

Kalyani Publishers, 1983.

Sharma, Chandradar, A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy, Delhi: Motilal Banarasidass, 2012.

Simpson, R.L., Essentials of Symbolic Logic, London: Routledge, 1988.

Stebbing, L.S., A Modern Elementary Logic, London: University Paperback, 1995.

Wolf, A., A Textbook of Logic, Delhi: Surjeet Publications, 1987.

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Philosophy -Semester II Paper 2

History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Modern

Marks theory 80, Internal Assessment 20 = 100

6Hrs/week = 84 Hrs

COURSE OBJECTIVE

Western philosophy has its roots in ancient Greek culture, which was revived during the

Renaissance and has had immense influence on subsequent Western thought. The pre-Socratics

were the forerunners, not only of systematic philosophical reasoning but also the forerunners of

modern science. They were followed by the great Socrates who taught people the art of asking

the correct questions, and of thinking for themselves. He ushered in the golden age of Greek

philosophy the age of Plato and Aristotle.

The history of modern western philosophy developed in the 18th

and 19th

centuries in Europe will

help students to acquaint themselves with the nature of modern trends in thoughts, and the

reasons why they were pursued in the various areas of philosophy; to improve students ability

for discerning truth from error, and to assist students in exercising themselves in problem-

solving.

Unit 1: Pre-Socratic Schools

Milesian School: Thales and Anaximander, Anaximanes, Pythagorean School: Pythagoras, and

Ephesian School: Heraclitus, Eleatic School: Xenophanes and Parmenides, Pluralist School:

Anaxagoras and Empedocles, Atomist School: Democritus

Unit 2: Classical Greek Wisdom: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Socratic Method, Epistemology and Ethics

Platonic Problem and Dialectic, the Doctrine of Forms, Epistemology and Ethical theory,

Platonism and Christianity

Aristotles Metaphysics: The Doctrine of Causality, Philosophy of Nature, Aristotelian Ethics

and Aesthetics

Influence of Greek philosophy on Plotinus and Medieval Philosophy (Augustine and Thomas

Aquinas)

Unit 3: Modern Western Philosophy: Introduction

Introduction to Renaissance and Enlightenment period

Francis Bacon: Life, Works, Induction, Idols or the False Notions

Unit 4: Continental Rationalism

Descartes: Cartesian Method, Cogito ergo sum, Mind, God, Mind-body relation, Ideas

Spinoza: Metaphysics - Monism and Modal System, Psychology, Ethics

Leibniz: The idea of truth and sufficient reason, Substance Monads,

Unit 5: British Empiricism

John Locke: Representation theory of Perception, Ideas, Simple and Complex ideas, Primary and

Secondary Qualities

Berkeley: Against Abstraction, Immaterialism, To be is to be perceived, Subjective Idealism

David Hume: Origin and Association of Ideas, Skepticism, Moral theory.

Unit 6: The Critical Philosophy of Kant

a) Critique of Pure Reason; b) Transcendental Idealism c) Phenomenon and Noumenon-

Sensibility, Understanding and Reason; d) Limits of Human Knowledge, e) Critique of Practical

reason: Categorical Imperatives and Postulates.

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Primary Reference

Copleston, Frederick, A History of Philosophy: Greece and Rome, vol. I. New York: Doubleday,

1993.

Copleston, Frederick, A History of Philosophy, Vols. IV-VII, London: Burns and Oates, 1958-

60.

Thilly, Frank, A History of Philosophy, Allahabad: Central Publishing House, 1993.

Masih, U., A Critical History of Modern Philosophy, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1983.

Secondary Reference

Baldner, Kent, Introduction to Philosophy: Lecture Guide, Iowa: Hunt Publishing Company,

1995.

Composta, Dario, History of Ancient Philosophy, Bangalore: Theological Publications of India,

2005.

Demos, R., The Philosophy of Plato, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1977.

Durant, Will, Introduction: On the Uses of Philosophy, The Story of Philosophy, New York:

Will Durant, 1926.

Gaarder, Jostein, Sophies World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy, New York: Berkley

Books, 1996.

Hamlyn, D.W., The Pelican History of Western Philosophy, London: Penguin Books, 1989.

Kaipan, Joy, Love of Wisdom: A Beginner's Guide of Philosophy, Bangalore: Kristu Jyoti

Publications, 2010.