Courses and Eligibility

 The following courses are offered by the Institute.

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.

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.).

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.



  • Dr. Joseph Ethakuzhy
  • Dr.Mathew Kalathungal, msfs
  • Dr David Stanly Kumar M.
  • Dr. Joseph Titus P.
  • Dr. Eugene Newman Joseph
  • Dr. Richard Britto
  • Dr. P. V. Antony
  • Fr Joseph B. Mathias,sj
  • Fr. Stany C. Fernandes


  • 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

Heads of Departments

  • Dr. Henry Jose, msfs – Systematic Philosophy
  • Dr. Joseph Ethakuzhy – Indian Philosophy
  • Dr. Mathew Kalathungal, msfs – Social Phil. & Religion
  • Fr Martin Anil
  • Dr. Joseph Francis B.


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 2017)

  • Model Prayers in the Bible
  • Faith Experience
  • Time Management & Hobbies
  • Relationship & Friendship
  • Human Sexuality & Emotional Maturity
  • Etiquette & Human Virtues
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Indian Spirituality
  • Prayer and Meditation
  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Lectio Divina
  • Praying the Psalms (Scripture & Liturgy)
  • Youth Catechism

1.1 Three Year B. PH Syllabus

Subject Credits
Introduction to Philosophy 1
Eco-Philosophy 1
History of the West Asia 1
Background to the Bible 1
Sociology of Religion 1
Ancient Indian Philosophy 5
Logic 4
Philosophy of Communication 2
General Psychology 2
Greek Philosophy 2
Scientific Methodology 2
Social Problems 2
Latin 3
Sanskrit 2
Elective 1
Seminar 1
Total Credits 32
Subject Credits
Fides et Ratio 1
Philosophy of Science 1
Indian Philosophical Systems (Darshanas) 4
Theodicy 3
Educational Psychology 1
Medieval Philosophy 2
Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas 1
Modern Philosophy 3
Ethics 2
Abnormal Psychology 2
Epistemology 2
Cosmology 2
Philosophy of Being 2
Contemporary Western Philosophy 2
Personality Development 2
Political Philosophy 2
Vaisnavism, Saivism & Saktism 3
Moral Philosophy 1
Islam 1
Debate 1
Elective 1
Seminar 1
Total Credits 40
Subject Credits
Philosophy of History 1
Philosophy of Law 1
Philosophy of Language 1
Philosophy of Literature 1
Process Philosophy 1
Philosophical Hermeneutics 1
Feminism 1
Aesthetics 1
Post-Modernism 1
Philosophy of Religion 1
Textual Study 2
Vedanta Schools 2
Existentialism 2
Contemporary Indian Philosophy 2
Comparative Religion 2
Marxism, Idealism & Positivism 2
Phenomenology 2
Philosophy of Human 2
Behavioral Psychology 2
Social Doctrine of the Church 2
Introduction to the Psalms 2
Catechetics 2
Liturgy 2
Practical Communication 1
Dissertation 3
Total Credits 40


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.

Richard Britto

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.

Bishop Lawrence Pius

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
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.

Denis D’Souza

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

Recent years have witnessed radical changes in our social and political existence, with traditional ideas and ways of living increasingly being called into question. Such questioning has led to a crisis of uncertainity characteristic of ‘postmodernism’, most usefully thought of as an elastic critical category with a range of applications and potential understandings.

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.


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.

Richard Britto

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.

Denis D’Souza

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.

Richard Britto

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.
Richard Britto

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.
Denis D’Souza

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.
Stany Fernandes

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.
Richard Britto

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.
Richard Britto

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


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.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

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.
Joseph B. Mathias

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 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.

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.
Antony P.V.

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.

Antony Kolenchery, msfs


This course highlights the following aspects: General Introduction to Indian Philosophy, a historical survey of Indian thought and its development, the sacred books of Hinduism under Sruti and Smrti. It explains also the Religion and Philosophy of the Vedas, Vedic gods and sacrifices, Anthropology, Cosmology and Eschatology of the Vedas, Purusharthas and Ashramas; the Philosophy of the Upanishads, Brahman and Atman,
the Mahavakyas, liberation and some Upanishadic texts. The religion and the philosophy of the Smrti literature: Epics, Puranas, Dharmasastras and Agamas and the Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita.

Bibliography: Bhattacharya et al., The Cultural Heritage of India, Calcutta: The Ramakrishna Mission, 1970. (5 vols.). Dasgupta S., A History of Indian Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1922-50 (5 vols). De Smet R., et al., Religious Hinduism, Mumbai : St. Paul’s, 1996. Mahadevan TMP., Invitation to Indian Philosophy, New Delhi: Arnold- Heinemann, 1974. Radhakrishnan S., Indian Philosophy, London: George Allen and Unwin, 1948 (2 vols.).
Joseph Ethakuzhy

Heterodox systems: origin and development of Carvaka, Jainism and Buddhism; Buddhist Philosophical Schools and Neo-Buddhism. Orthodox systems: origin, sources, and key texts and structure of Nyaya, Vaiseshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimamsa and Vedanta Schools.
Bibliography: Larson G.J., Classical Samkhya, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1979. Mueller, Max, The Six Systems of Indian Philosophy, New Delhi: Associated Publishing House, 1978. Prasada R., Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras…, New Delhi: Oriental Books, 1978. Puligandla R., Fundamentals of Indian Philosophy, New York: Abingdon Press, 1975.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

Contemporary Hinduism bases itself on the philosophical, theological and spiritual reflections of the Vedanta schools. In this course, we discuss the Advaita of Shankara, the Visistadvaita of Ramanuja, the Dvaita of Madhva and other schools of vedantic thought. The influence exerted by these different schools of Vedanta which take seemingly contradictory positions regarding the conception of Reality and the means to liberation is brought out in this study.
Bibliography: Aiyar Krishnasamy, Outlines of Vedanta, Bombay: Cetana, 1978; Dasgupta S., A History of Indian Philosophy, Vols III&IV, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1992; Mueller Max, Vedanta Philosophy, New Delhi: Cosmo Publications, 1985; Pande G.C., Life and Thought of Sankaracarya, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1994; Sharma BNK, A History of Dvaita School of Vedanta and Its Literature, Bombay: Booksellers Publishers Co., 1961.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

General analysis of the Saivite tradition, its historical development, Saivite literature, main schools of Saivism with a special emphasis on Saiva – Siddhanta and Virasaivism. Saktism, Sakti worship, Durga or Parvathi, Sakti as the Ultimate Reality, Tantric Sadhana and liberation. Origin and development of Vaishnavism, Vishnu’s avatars and forms, Vaishnava worship, Bhakti movements, Vaishnavite literature and theological schools.
Bibliography: Bhandarkar R.G., Vaisnavism, Saivism and Minor Relgious Systems, New Delhi: Asian Educational Services, 1983. Bharati A., The Tantric Tradition, London: Rider & Co., 1965. Dhavamony M., Love of God according to Saiva-Siddhanta, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.
Richard Britto / Joseph Ethakuzhy

The impact of the Western and Christian thought on the 19th century Hinduism is well represented by the movements like Brahma Samaj founded by Raja Rammohan Roy, Arya Samaj founded by Dayananda Saraswathi, Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda. This course highlights also the militant nationalistic political philosophy advocated by B.G. Tilak, Ambedkar and the philosophical contributions of Aurobindo, Radhakrishnan and Mahatma Gandhi and the philosophy of Gurus like Sri
Rajneesh, Sai Baba, J. Krishnamurti and of the Hare Krishna Movement.

Bibliography: Sharma R.N., Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 1991. Tandom, Veena, Contemporary Indian philosophy, Delhi: Rajat Publishers, 2000. Srivastava R.S., Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Ranchi: Sharda Publishers, 1984. Mahadevan T.M.P., & Saroja G.V., Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1981.
Richard Britto


Nature of Christian Liturgy, its place in the life and activity of the Church. Liturgy and Spirituality; liturgy and private devotion; importance of active participation in the liturgy; need for liturgical formation; importance of Holy Scripture in liturgy; hierarchical and communitarian nature of Christian liturgy; didactic and pastoral nature of liturgy, principles regarding liturgical inculturation; promotion of liturgical renewalat the parish and diocesan levels.

Bibliography: Puthanangady, Paul, Initiation to Christian Liturgy, Bangalore: TPI, 1977. Martimort, A.G., The Church at Prayer, Vol.1, Priniciples of Liturgy, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1987.

This course introduces the student into the world of the Bible, the sacred book of ancient Israel and Christianity. The following aspects are taken into consideration: introduction, divisions: O.T. and N.T. as a library of books, writing materials, formation and transmission, history of manuscripts, texts and versions, literary forms and Bible history.

Bibliography: Brown R.E., et al., eds., The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Bangalore: TPI, 1995, 3-7, 186-200, 447-452, 587-595, 768-771, 1083-1112; _______, Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 2000. Luke K., Companion to Bible, Vol. I. Bangalore: TPI, 1987; Harrington W., New Guide to the Reading and Studying the Bible, Wilmington: Michael Glazier, 1978; Hayes J.H, Introduction to the Bible, London: SPCK, 1971.
David Stanly Kumar M.

The course offers to the students an introduction to the psalms in view of helping them to acquire adequate knowledge of the psalms in order to pray them devotionally in the daily Liturgy of the Hours and to interpret them responsibly in the daily Mass.

Bibliography: Ceresko, A.R., Psalmists and Sages. Studies in Old Testament Poetry and Religion, Bangalore, TPI, 1994. Kraus, H.-J., Theology of the Psalms, Minneapolis. 1986. Westermann, C. The Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message, Minneapolis, Augsburg, 1980.
Joseph Titus P.

General introduction to the fundamental os Catechetics; Christocentricity
in catechesis; catechesis as old as the Church, its place in the Church’s pastoral and missionary activity; its source, subject, some ways and means of catechesis; the joy of faith in a troubled world and the task that concerns us all.
Bibliography: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Bangalore: TPI, 1994. NBCLC,”God with us” series. D’Souza, Cyril, Catechesis for India Today, Bangalore, 1994. Morissette, Herve, Teachers of the Faith: Pedagogical Guidelines for Religious Education, Bangalore: The Holy Cross Fathers.
Mathew Kalathungal, msfs

The Influence of the Ancient West Asian countries on Israel and on the Bible in particular is so significant that the religious life of Israel cannot be studied in isolation. In view of preparing the students for a better understanding of the Bible, especially f the Old Testament, this course gives a brief history of the Ancient West Asian peoples such as the Sumerians, Assurians, Babylonians, Hurrians, Amorites, Canaanities, Hittites and the
Egyptians, obviously with a special focus on the history of Israel.
David Stanly Kumar M.

This course analyses the encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Faith and Reason promulgated on 14th September 1998. Going through its contents and themes, the course establishes the place of reason in the study of theology.
Richard Britto

Parts of speech, Declensions, Conjugations, numeral, prenominal and verbal peculiarities, degrees of comparison and basic rules of Syntax. Longman’s Latin Course, Part I
Joseph Ethakuzhy

This course aims at providing the student with a basic knowledge ofSanskrit grammar and syntax so as to help him/her to comprehend the rich religious and philosophical texts in that language.
Joseph Ethakuzhy


  • ES 01 Religious Fundamentalism
  • ES 02 Popular Hinduism
  • ES 03 Feasts and Festivals of India
  • ES 04 Indian Hermeneutics
  • ES 05 Philosophy of Literature
  • ES 06 Phil. of Plotinus
  • ES 07 Philosophy of Karl Rahner
  • ES 08 Philosophy of Religion
  • ES 09 Philosophy of Liberation
  • ES 10 Philosophy of Environment
  • ES 11 Science and Mysticism
  • ES 12 Social Psychology
  • ES 13 Educational Psychology
  • ES 14 Mass Media & Communication
  • ES 15 Human Rights
  • ES 16 General Directory for Catechesis
  • ES 17 Globalisation
  • ES 18 Feminism
  • ES 19 Aesthetics

This course attempts to study some of the beliefs, practices, customs, manners and cultural traditions of Hinduism as lived by its followers. Their daily rituals, ceremonies and sacraments (samskaras), feasts and festivals, pilgrimages, etc., are analysed critically.
Bibliography: Dass B., Domestic Manners and Customs, Banares: Medical Hall Press, 1860. Mukherji A.C., Hindu Fasts and Feasts, Gurgaon: Vintage Books, 1989. O’Malley L.S.S., Popular Hinduism: The Religion of the Masses, Delhi: Shubhi Publications, 2000. Sharma D., Hindu Belief and Practice, New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, 1987. Singh C., et al., Hinduism, New Delhi: Crest Publishing House, 1996.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

The key principles that are dealt in this course are equal intrinsic value for all beings, relationship with the world, questioning of personal life style, of society and of experience, self realisation or wide identification, the recognition of supportive environment, Gestalt ontology, the need for each individual to think about his/her own ecosophy, ecology, and commitment to action.
Bibliography: Kormondy, E.J., Concepts of Ecology, New Delhi: Progressive Publishers, 1983. Pratt, Vernon, et al., Environment and Philosophy, London : Routledge, 2000. Sessions, George (ed.), Deep Ecology for the Twenty-First Century, Boston, 1995. While, L., Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis, New York: Oxford, 1967.
Henry Jose K., msfs

Social Psychology studies the relationships arising out of the interaction of individuals with each other, in social situations. It deals with thinking, feeling and action of an individual in Society. It studies about social interaction, socialization , kinds of formation of groups, formation and change of public opinion, crowd and mob behaviour, leadership, war and peace.

Bibliography: Schneider D.J., Introduction to Social Psychology, New York: HBJ Publishers, 1988. Morris R. and Ralph H.T., Social Psychology, New York: Basic Books Inc. Publishers, 1981. Dewey R and Humber W.J., Introduction to Social Psychology, New York: Macmilan co., 1966.

Eugene Newman Joseph

Educational psychology involves the study of how people learn, including topics such as student outcomes, the instructional process, individual differences in learning, gifted learners and learning disabilities. This branch of psychology involves not just the learning process of early childhood and adolescence, but includes the social, emotional and cognitive processes that are involved in learning throughout the entirelife-span. The field of educational psychology incorporates a number of other disciplines, including developmental psychology, behavioral psychology and cognitive psychology.
Bibliography: Slavin, R., Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2011.Elliott, S. N. et al., Educational Psychology: Effective Teaching, Effective Learning, Madison: Brown & Benchmark Publications, 1993.
Eugene Newman Joseph

This course attempts to study the document of the Congregation for the Clergy, General Directory for Catechesis released on 11th August 1997. This study focuses its attention on the norms and criteria for presenting the Gospel message in catechesis and the pedagogy of the faith.
Mathew Kalathungal, msfs

Globalization is a process of shrinking the world in terms of time and space, making the world feel smaller and distances shorter. This course aims at studying the impact this multifarious phenomenon haslurk under its glittering surface.
Bibliography: Jogdand, P.G., & Michael, S.M., Globalization and Social Movements, New Delhi, Rawat Publications, 2003. Amaladoss, M., Globalization and its Victims, New Delhi, Vidyajyothi / ISPCK, 2000.
Henry Jose K., msfs

I Semester: June - September 2017

S. Code Subject Professor Hours
SP 01 Introduction to Phil. Richard Britto 15
SP 02 Scientific Methodology Eugene N. Joseph 15
SP 07 Logic Eugene N. Joseph` 30
SP 12 Eco-Philosophy Richard Britto 15
SPR 03 General Psychology Eugene N. Joseph 15
IP 01 Introd. to Indian Phil. Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
AS 02 Background to Bible Stanly Kumar 15
AS 05 History of West Asia Stanly Kumar 15
AS 07 Latin Joseph Ethakuzhy 15

II Semester: Oct. 2017 - March 2018

SP 02 Scientific Methodology Eugene N. Joseph 15
SP 07 Logic Eugene N. Joseph 30
HP 01 Greek Philosophy Richard Britto 30
IP 01 Ancient Indian Philosophy Joseph Ethakuzhy 45
SPR 01 Social Problems Mathew Kalathunkal 30
SPR 03 General Psychology Eugene N. Joseph 30
SPR 08 Sociology of Religion Mathew Vallipalam 15
SPR 09 Philosophy of Comm. Eugene N. Joseph 15
AS 07 Latin Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
AS 08 Sanskrit Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
Elective 15
Seminar 15

I Semester: June - September 2017

S. Code Subject Professor Hours
IP02 Darshanas Joseph Ethakuzhy 60
SP04 Theodicy Denis D’Souza 45
HP03 Modern Philosophy Henry Jose K. 30
SP09 Ethics Udaya Kumar 30
SP08 Epistemology Joseph Francis B. 30
HP04 Cont. West., Philo, Henry Jose K. 30
SPR04 Personality Devt. Joseph B. Mathias 30
SP13 Political Philosophy Richard Britto 30
Seminar 15

II Semester: Oct. 2017 - March 2018

HP02 Med. Philosophy Denis D’Souza 30
HP06 Cosmology Varghese K. 30
SPR05 Abnormal Psychology Eugene N. Joseph 30
SP03 Philosophy of Being Joseph Francis B. 30
IP04 Vaism., Saivism & Sakt. Joseph Ethakuzhy /
Richard Britto 45
SP14 Moral Philosophy Richard Britto 15
AS06 Fides et Ratio Richard Britto 15
SP11 Philosophy of Science Stany Fernandes 15
ES13 Edu. Psychology Eugene N. Joseph 15
SPR10 Islam Antony Kolencherry 15
AS09 Debate Joseph Francis B. 15
Elective 15
Dissertation 45