COURSES AND ELIGIBILITY
The following courses are offered by the Institute.
1.Diploma in Philosophy and Religion (Dip. Ph.)
The minimum qualification for this course is Higher Secondary
School Certificate or its equivalent. This one-year course is meant for
those students who are not candidates for priesthood. As a rule, a total
of 40 credits are to be obtained, chosen from the basic courses from all
major branches of Philosophy. Comprehensive exam two orals and one written is compulsory.
2.Bachelor of Philosophy (B. Ph.)
The minimum qualification for admission to this course is B.A. / B.Sc
degree or its equivalent and sufficient knowledge of English. The Institute
of Philosophy offers a six-semesters (3 years) course, leading to
Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (B.Ph.).
3.Master of Philosophy (M. Ph.)
The minimum qualification for admission to the M.Ph. course is B.Ph
degree or its equivalent. Any student holding an equivalent certificate
should pass a qualifying examination conducted by the Institute. This
course comprises of specialised studies and research work in Philosophy.
The duration is of four semesters (2 years) at the end of which there will
be a comprehensive exam leading to M.Ph. degree.
Heads of Departments
- DR. Henry Jose, msfs – Systematic Philosophy
- DR. Joseph Ethakuzhy – Indian Philosophy
- DR. Mathew Kalathungal, msfs – Social Phil. & Religion
- Fr Joseph Xavier Souza
- Fr Martin Anil
NON- PERMANENT TEACHING STAFF
- Bishop Lawrence Pius
- DR.Denis D’Souza
- DR.Antony Kolenchery, msfs
- DR. Henry Jose K., msfs
- DR. Varghese Karukulathel, cmf
- DR. Mathew Vallipalam, ofm.cap
- DR. Chinnappa Lourdu Xavier, osm
- Fr.S. Udaya Kumar
- Fr. Arockiasamy
- DR. Joseph Francis B.
- Fr. Stany C. Fernandes
PERMANENT TEACHING STAFF
- DR. Joseph Ethakuzhy
- DR.Mathew Kalathungal, msfs
- DR. Stanislas S.
- DR. Joseph Titus P.
- DR. Alfred Joseph A.
- DR. Eugene Newman Joseph
- DR. Richard Britto
- DR. Abraham Giri Raju
- DR Antony Dias.
- DR. P. V. Antony
- Fr Joseph B. Mathias,sj
1. BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY (B. Ph.)
The B.Ph. programme consisting of various courses is spread over a period of 3 years. A course is determined by the credit it carries. One credit consists of 15 periods or their equivalent. A total of 120 credits are to be obtained to qualify for the B.Ph.
In the third year, the student is required to write a research paper of 40-45 pages including bibliography on any topic related to Philosophy or its allied subjects. The student prepares it under the direction of any one of the professors of the Faculty. At the end of the year, the student has to submit two copies, one to the director and the other to the library
Spiritual Orientation Course (June-July 2016)
- Christian Spirituality
- Indian Spirituality
- Prayer and Meditation
- Biblical Spirituality
- Lectio Divina
- Praying the Psalms (Scripture & Liturgy)
- Youth Catechism
- Model Prayers in the Bible
- Faith Experience
- Time Management & Hobbies
- Relationship & Friendship
- Human Sexuality & Emotional Maturity
- Etiquette & Human Virtues
1.1 THREE YEAR B. PH SYLLABUS
|Introduction to Philosophy||1|
|History of the West Asia||1|
|Background to the Bible||1|
|Sociology of Religion||1|
|Ancient Indian Philosophy||5|
|Philosophy of Communication||2|
|Fides et Ratio||1|
|Philosophy of Science||1|
|Indian Philosophical Systems (Darshanas)||4|
|Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas||1|
|Philosophy of Being||2|
|Contemporary Western Philosophy||2|
|Vaisnavism, Saivism & Saktism||3|
|Philosophy of History||1|
|Philosophy of Law||1|
|Philosophy of Language||1|
|Philosophy of Literature||1|
|Philosophy of Religion||1|
|Contemporary Indian Philosophy||2|
|Marxism, Idealism & Positivism||2|
|Philosophy of Human||2|
|Social Doctrine of the Church||2|
|Introduction to the Psalms||2|
1.2 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
I HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY
This course makes a general survey of the history of philosophy from Thales to Plotinus, i.e, from 600 B.C. to 300 A.D., showing a rapport between Hellenism and Christianity. This course further tries to bring to limelight a general description of spiritual phenomenon towards which this philosophy is oriented. It also highlights a thematic division; World, Man and God based on the Pre-Socratic and the post-Socratic period. Special focus is also given to Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and their schools..
Bibliography: Burnet, John, Greek Philosophy, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1968. Copleston, Frederick, A History of Philosophy, vol.1. Norwich: Burns Oates Publishers, 1947. Guthrie, W.K.C., A History of Greek Philosophy, vols I-IV, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974. Huby, M. Pamela, A Critical History of Philosophy, New York: Freed Press, 1964. Thonnard, A.A., A Short History of Philosophy, New York: Desclee Company, 1960.
Abraham Giri Raju
This course deals with the main ideas of St. Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Boethius, John Scotus Eriugena, St. Anselm, St. Thomas, St.Bonaventure and John Duns Scotus as circulated in the Middle Ages, with a view to pinpoint some of the bases of Christian thought.
Bibliography: Copleston, Friedrick, A History of Philosophy, vol.2, New York: Image Books, 1962. Thilly, Frank, A History of Philosophy, Allahabad: Central Publishing House, 1985.
This study deals with the period of renaissance in the West marked by the contributions of brilliant thinkers like Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz (Rationalism). The period of enlightenment is inaugurated by Locke, Berkeley and Hume (Empiricism) in England, Voltaire and Rousseau in France, and Kant and Hegel (Idealism) in Germany.
Bibliography: Copleston, F., A History of Philosophy, vols 4-8, New York: Image Books, 1985. Mayer, Frederick, History of Modern Philosophy, New Delhi: Eurasia Publishing House, 1951. Scuton, R., From Descartes to Wittgenstein: A Short History of Modern Philosophy, London, 1981.
Henry Jose K., msfs
This branch presents Positivism, Materialism, Idealism and
Existentialism. It also tries to analyse whether the richness of contemporary philosophical thought can be confined within such narrow categories.
Bibliography: Caponigri Robert A., History of Western Philosophy, vols 4-5, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1971. Copleston, F., A History of Philosophy, vols 8-9, New York: Image Books, 1985. Hamlyn, D.W., The Penguin History of Western Philosophy, London: Penguin Books, 1987.
Henry Jose K., msfs
This course makes a philosophico-historical survey of Marxism from its inception to the present day. The materialistic conception of history, critique of capitalism, critique of religion and critique of philosophy, and the contribution of Marxism to Christian self-understanding in the present world are the areas of investigation.
Bibliography: Divatia, Suchita, Idealistic Thought in Indian
Philosophy, New Delhi: D.K. Print, 1994. Howie J. & Buford Thomas, Contemporary Studies in Philosophical Idealism, Massachusetts: Claude Stark, 1975. Allison, Henry, Idealism & Freedom, Cambridge:University Press, 1996.
Henry Jose K., msfs
Existentialism is a contemporary philosophical position, which came to its development in the philosophers of Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, Jean Paul Sartre, Gabriel Marcel and Karl Jaspers. They underline the typically metaphysical question of being and some of them,
such as Heidegger, display a profound acquaintance with the great ancient and medieval metaphysics. The course highlights the main features of their teachings.
Bibliography: Heidegger, Martin, Being and Time, Tr. Joan Stambaugh, New York: State University of New York Press, 1996. Jaspers,
Carl, Philosophy, Tr. Ashton, vols 1-3, Chicago: Universtiy of Chicago Press, 1969-1971. Kierkegaard, Sören, Tr. H.V. and E.H. Hong, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.
Phenomenology is that great philosophical movement which, along with life philosophy, brought about the break with the nineteenth century. It goes beyond ancients and moderns and strives to reactivate the philosophical life in our present circumstances. The course investigates into the phenomenologies of Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Max Scheler, Nicolai Hartmann, Merleau Ponty, Roman Ingarden, Emmanuel Levinas, and St. Edith Stein.
Bibliography: Barber, M.D., Guardian of Dialogue: Max Scheler’s Phenomenology, Sociology and Philosophy of Love, Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1993. Husserl, Edmund, Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology. Tr. Dorion Cairns, The Hague: Nijhoff, 1960.
Varghese Karukulathel, cmf
Bibliography: Ermarth, E.D., Sequel to History: Postmodernism and the Crisis of Representational Time, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992. Harvey, D., The Condition of Post-modernity: An Enquiry, Oxford: Blackwell, 1992. Hutcheon, L., The Politics of Postmodernism, London and New York: Routledge, 1989.
Henry Jose K., msfs
This course is an introduction to the Sociology of Religion. The
sociological approach to religion and social functions of religion; religious beliefs and ritual; types of religious beliefs; religion and social control; religion and social change; religion in modern societies.
Bibliography: Pickering, W.S.P., Durkheim’s Sociology of Religion, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. Robertson, Roland (ed.), Sociology of Religion, New York: Penguin Books, 1984. Wilson, Bryan, Religion in Sociological Perspective, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Otto, Maduro, Religion and Social Conflicts, New York: Orbis Books, 1982. Weber, Max, Sociology of Religion, New York, 1970.
Mathew Vallipalam, ofm cap.
II SYSTEMATIC PHILOSOPHY
The study of introduction to philosophy helps the students to know the definition, meaning, nature, object and the method of philosophy. It further examines the main branches and the history of philosophy,philosophical pluralism, the relation of philosophy to other allied disciplines, the complementarity of the Western and the Eastern thought.
Bibliography: Amaladass, Anand, Introduction to Philosophy, Chennai: Satya Nilayam Publications, 2001. Bali, D.R., Introduction to Philosophy, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1989. Glenn, Paul J., An Introduction to Philosophy, London: Doughty Mews, 1966. Randall, J.H., Philosophy, an Introduction, New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1971.
This course helps the students to understand the basic approaches to study scientific methodology for writing research papers with theory and practical work-stages, elements of theses and dissertations, quotations, documentation skills, bibliography, style and mechanics.
Bibliography: Anderson, Janathan, et al., Thesis and Assignment Writing, New Delhi: Wiley Eastern Limited, 1986. Dominic, How to Train Your Mind for Study and Scientific Work, Allahabad: St. Paul Publications, 1982. Joseph, Antony A., Methodology for Research, Bangalore: TPI,1986.
Eugene Newman Joseph
In the first part, the treatise deals with the aim of Ontology, its material and formal object; the kinds of being; the comprehension and extension of being; the supreme principles that govern all beings; act and potency as primary general determination of being; the problem of change and movement that affect beings and it rounds off with the question of distinction between essence and existence. The second part takes up the consideration of the transcendental attributes of being: one, true, good and beautiful. In the third part the treatise concludes with a brief consideration of the supreme categories that affect beings: essence, nature, hypostasis, person and relations.
Bibliography: Bittle, Celestine N., The Domain of Being – Ontology,Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1938.
Joseph Francis B.
The first part deals with the proofs for the Existence of God: Ontological, Cosmological , Anthropological and Moral. The second part presents the Attributes of God: goodness, perfection, omnipotence, omnipresence, changelessness, eternity and infinity. The third part analyses the problem of evil and the problem of creation.
Bibliography: Bogliolo, Luigi, Rational Theology, Bangalore: TPI, 1987. Hick, John, Evil and the God of Love, London: Macmillan, 1990. Bittle, Celestine N., God and His Creatures, Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1953.
This course tries to answer the basic philosophical question: Who am I? I am a conscious being-in-the-world. I am a free dynamic person. I am a social, religious and inter-subjective being. I am a being-for-death with a hope for eternal bliss.
Bibliography: Mondin, Battista, Philosophical Anthropology, Bangalore: TPI, 1983. Sumner, Claude, Philosophy of Man, 3 vols, Bangalore: TPI, 1989. Bittle, Celestine N., The Whole Man, Milwaukee:The Bruce Publishing Co., 1943.
This study investigates the definition, formal object and material object of Cosmology, the ultimate reasons, causes and principles which govern the world, general properties of material bodies, quantity, space and time, place and relativity etc. It investigates closely the ultimate
constituents and the origin of the material universe, the problem of evolution, a basic knowledge of modern physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy in as much as it is helpful to understand the problem of Cosmology.
Bibliography: Foley, L.A., Cosmology: Philosophical and Scientific,
Milwaukee, 1962. Eddington, A.S., Space, Time and Gravitation, Cambridge, 1920. De Chardin, Teilhard, The Phenomenon of Man, London:Collins & Harper, 1965.
Varghese Karukulathel, cmf
Having elucidated the preliminary notions of logic, the course
gradually discusses the rules of right thinking and valid arguments. After having presented a comparison between Deduction and Induction, this course shall focus on the different types of inferences and the nature and types of fallacies.
Bibliography: Mellone, S.H., Introductory Text Book of Logic, London: Win Blackhood and Sons, 1950. Bittle, Celestine N., The Science of Correct Thinking, Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1950.
Eugene N. Joseph
After a few preliminary observations regarding the psychosomatic nature of the human beings, what is basic to all human knowledge and the three primary truths, a brief but comprehensive picture in human
Sense Cognition and Intellection is presented. Then the individual parts or sections of this process is critically examined and their validity is upheld against various contrary opinions that have been suggested down the centuries.
Bibliography: Bittle, Celestine N., Reality and the Mind, Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936. Mercier, Jean L., Epistemology and the Problem of Truth, Bangalore: ATC, 2000. Hassett, D., et al., Epistemology for All, Corle: The Mercier Press, 1968.
Joseph Francis B.
Nature and scope of Ethics – Relation to other sciences – The fundamental concepts of Ethics and principal theories of ethical standard – Moral Pathology – Evil and its forms – The theories of punishment and the postulates of morality.
Bibliography: Composta, Dario, Moral Philosophy and Social Ethics, Bangalore: TPI, 1988. Finnis, John, Fundamentals of Ethics, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983. Keeling, Michael, The Foundations of Christian Ethics, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1990.
This subject occupies a central position in current philosophical discussions. It introduces the preliminary perspectives of philosophical hermeneutics, highlighting its origin, development and goal. It then points out the position of Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur.This course is meant to give an orientation to Biblical Hermeneutics.
Bibliography: Palmer, Richard, Hermeneutics, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1969. Gadamer, Hans George, Philosophical Hermeneutics, Tr. & Ed. David E. Linge, California: University of California Press, 1976.
Philosophy of science is a philosophical inquiry into the methods, foundations, assumptions and implications of science. It is a philosophical study to explore the truth about the results of science. The conclusions of science are important to know the reality in a better way. Science contributes to the growth of philosophy. Philosophy of science is helpful to the scientist to sharpen the truth of a scientific inquiry. The present scientific mindset could be detrimental to faith unless it is properly understood.
Bibliography: Toulmin, S., The Philosophy of Science, London: Hutchinson 1967; Newton-Smith, W.H., The Rationality of Science, London: Routledge 1981; Kuhn, T., The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Chicago: UCP 1970.
This course is designed to arrive at clear understanding of Ecology as a science and its concerns. The study consists of different perspectives on Ecological issues, crisis and problems in the contemporary times. It focuses also on convincing the students about the urgent need and moral responsibility of respecting, preservation of natural resources and protecting earth. Finally it concludes with enlightening vision on Eco-spirituality.
Bibliography: Haught John F. , The Promise of Nature, Ecology and Cosmic Purpose, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1993. Panikkar Raimundo, The Cosmotheandric Experience, New York: Orbis, 1993. Elliot Robert (ed.) Environmental Ethics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
The course on political philosophy is concerned with the concepts,
arguments and theories on political systems, practices and institutions that are concerned with State and government. It also covers the study of topics such as liberty, justice, rights and duties, law, constitution and the enforcement of a legal code by lawful authority.
Bibliography: Miller D. (ed.), Liberty, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, Rawls, J. Political Liberalism, New York: Columbia University Press, 1996, Festenstein & Mathew, Pragmatism and Political Theory: From Dewey to Rorty, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1997.
Legal philosophy is concerned with providing a general
philosophical analysis of law and legal institutions. It is a study on the formulation of concepts and theories to aid in understanding the nature of law, the sources of its authority, and its role in society. Issues in the field range from abstract conceptual questions about the nature of law
and legal systems to normative questions about the relationship between law and morality and the justification for various legal institutions. It reflects the conviction that the law, when it is studied in relation to fundamental social issues, is one of the most fascinating subjects to which we can be exposed.
Bibliography: Atria, Fernando, On Law and Legal Reasoning, Oxford, UK: Hart Publications, 2001. Bloch, Ernst, Natural Law and Human Dignity, trans., Dennis J. Schmidt, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1986. Dworkin, Ronald, ed., The Philosophy of Law, New York: Oxford
University Press, 1977.
Eugene Newman Joseph
III SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
Social Problems, their nature, relativity and cultural basis. Social
change, population problems in the Indian context, poverty and unemployment, crime and juvenile delinquency, prostitution, suicide, beggary, alcoholism and drug-addiction, problems of industrialization and urbanization.
Bibliography: Merton, Robert K., and Robert Nisbet (ed.), Contemporary Social Problems, New York: Harcourt Bruce Jovanovich, Inc., 1971. Desrochers, John, and George Joseph. India Today, Bangalore: Centre for Social Action, 1988. Heredia, Rudolf C. and Edward Mathias (eds.), The Family in a Changing World – Women, Children and Strategie of Intervention, New Delhi: ISI, 1995.
Mathew Kalathungal, msfs
Beginning with an overall view of the development of Catholic Social
Thought from Biblical times and more from the encyclicals – Rerum Novarum of Leo XIII (1891) to Centesimus Annus of John Paul II (1991), this course deals with the Indian social reality with an emphasis on the problem of injustice and inequality and the role and involvement of the Indian Church in the numerous socio-economic, political & cultural problems of the country.
Bibliography: All the papal Encyclicals, Conciliar and Synodal Documents. Derochers, John, The Social Teaching of the Church, Bangalore: John Desrochers, 1981. O’brien, David J, and Thomas A. Shannon, Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992. FABC Statements from 1972-1996. CBCI Statements from 1945-2002.
The study of this subject helps to know the meaning, nature and scope; historical development; methods; physiological basis of behaviour; heredity and environment; senses and sensation; perception; thinking and learning; attention and memory; intelligence and aptitudes; instincts and emotions; motivation and personality-types and theories.
Bibliography: Munn, Norman L., Introduction to Psychology,
Bombay: Oxford IBH Publishing Co., 1967. Mangal S.K., General
Psychology, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1988. Weber, Ann,
Introduction to Psychology, New York: Harper Perennial, 1991.
Eugene Newman Joseph
This course is designed to provide the students with a general introduction to core concepts and major theories in personality development. The development of the human person is multivariate, and
the theories of personality development are about the complex intra- and inter-individual change over time: any theory of personality development considers the causes of change from one or more of the general theories.
Bibliography: Engler, Barbara, Personality Theories: An Introduction, 3rd ed, Boston: Houghten Mifflin Co., 1991. Hall, Calvin, Lindzey & Campbell, Theories of Personality, 4th ed., New York: Wiley & Sons Inc., 1998. Lerner, Richard M., Concepts and Theories of Human Development, 2nd ed, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., 1997.
Eugene Newman Joseph
This course is an introduction to Abnormal Psychology. A basic understanding of abnormal psychology will be provided with a treatment of history of abnormal psychology, its causes and various symptoms, leading to a brief concentration on psychosis and anxiety disorders. This should motivate students to learn more about other disorders.
Bibliography: Comer, Ronald J., Abnormal Psychology, 2nd ed., New York: W. H. Freeman & Co., 1992. Mangal, S. K., Abnormal Psychology, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1984. Sarason, G. Irin and Barbara R. Sarason, Abnormal Psychology: The Problem of Maladaptive Behaviour, 8th ed., New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India Pvt. Ltd., 1998.
Eugene Newman Joseph
Also known as Behaviorism, Behavioral Psychology is a perspective
that became dominant during the early half of the 20th century, thanks to prominent thinkers such as B.F. Skinner and John B. Watson. The basis of behavioral psychology suggests that all behaviors are learned. It is a theory of learning based upon the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning.
Bibliography: Skinner, B. F. , The Behavior of Organisms: An Experimental Analysis, New York: Appleton Century Crofts, 1938. Watson, J. B., Behaviorism, Chicago: University of Chicago, 1930, 1963. Schwartz, B. & Robbins, S. J., Psychology of Learning and Behavior, 4th ed., New York: W. W. Norton, 1995.
Eugene Newman Joseph
A comparative study is made on world religions with a special focus
on Buddhism (Mahayana, Hirayana and Zen Buddhism), and Islam, with a special emphasis on Muhammad and the Quran, Muslim creed and practice, Muslim schools and sects and Islam’s contribution to Indian
and world culture.
Bibliography: Whitson, R.E., The Coming Convergence of World Religions, New York: Newman, 1971. Ward, Keith, Religion and Revelation, Oxford: Clarendon, 1994. Ward, Keith, Images of Eternity, London: Darton, 1987.
Antony Kolenchery, msfs
This course covers general introduction and philosophical basics of communication. Communication: definition, key concepts, functions and process of communication. It differentiates various types of communication and introduces development-communication. It initiates the students for effective communication skills and media education.
Bibliography: Mcquail Denis, Mass Communication Theory an Introduction, London, Sage Publications, 1994. Schramm, Wilbur, The Story of Human Communication, New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1998. Rosengren, Karl Erik, Communication: an Introduction, London: Sage Publications, 2000.
The origin and growth of Islam. Prophet Mohammed- his birth, early life, call and mission. The Holy Quran. The five pillars of Islam – Shahada, Salat, Saum, Zakat and Hajj. Various sects of Islam. Muslim festivals. Sharia, Muslim personal law. Sufism, Islamic mysticism. Dialogue with Islam.
Terence Farias, sj