MPM 02 Gandhian Philosophy of the Human Being, the
Human Being’s Life in This World and

Relation Towards the Truth – God 2 Cr

Though Gandhi never claimed to be a philosopher, he was an acclaimed practical philosopher of life and as such a discussion is initiated as to how he looks upon a human being, human solidarity as a basis for all his actions towards his fellow human beings, their inalienable dignity and the disabilities he is saddled with, in the course of his life and how these could be addressed and set right. His philosophy of Satyagraha is
examined along with his repeated preaching of ahimsa towards all. Amidst  all these be had an idea of God and developed his won attitude towards God, towards organized religion. The developments in his thoughts would be studied according to different stages of his colourful life.
Bibliography: The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, vols.1- 100, New Delhi: Publication Divison, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Joseph Francis Backianadan, Love
in the Life and Works of Mahatma Gandhi, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. and Bangalore: St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 1991.
Joseph Francis B.

MPM 03 The Concept of Man 2 Cr

In Anthropology the fundamental questions today are: Who am I? Why am I thrown into the world? Does my life come to an end with death? This course tries to answer these and similar questions, by exploring the findings of philosophers.
Bibliography: Sumner Claude, Philosophy of Man, 3 Vols. Bangalore: TPI, 1989; Barbo Francesca Rivetti , Philosophy of Man: an Outline, Rome: Hortus Conclusus, 2001.
Denis D’Souza

MPM 04 Social Ethics of John Paul II 2 Cr

This course is designed with an academic interest in the areas of social well-being and the common good. The course aims to deepen the understanding of the philosophical basis of good social living and to enhance the ability to think systematically about the ethically challenging social situations that we face in our social relationships. Special emphasis is given on papal and other magisterial references to Social nature of human person, community building, common good and solidarity as the virtue, value and goal of social relations.
Bibliography: John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens, Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio, Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (30 December 1987), Post-Synodal Apostolic
Exhortation Christifideles Laici (30 December 1988), Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus (1 May 1991), Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor (6 August 1993), Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae , Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, Apostolic Letter Il Rapido Sviluppo
Richard Britto

MPM 05 Critical Philosophy of God 2 Cr

The most debated question today is: What do you mean by God? The core meaning of onto-theology is that God is reduced to a Being. This course aims at critically exploring God-concepts elucidated by philosophers and finding out new ways in which God’s nature, existence and relationship at the world can be understood as accessible to human reason without explicit reference to supernatural revelation.
Bibliography: Kachappilly Kurian, (ed.), God-Talk, Contemporary Trends and Trials, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2006; Davies Brian, Thinking about God, London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1985.
Denis D’ Souza

MPM 06 Upanisadic Exegesis 2 Cr

The Upanisads constitute the lofty philosophy of India. Besides being intensely philosophical in nature, they are rich in socio-religious and spiritual content. They have indeed played a leading role in the
development of Indian Philosophy through the centuries. In this course, the fundamental teachings of the Upanisadssuch as the non-duality of Atman and Brahman, the Mahavakyas, the concepts of bondage and
liberation are taken up. A detailed textual analysis of one of the principal Upanisadsis also part of this study.
Bibliography: Radhakrishnan S., The Principal Upanisads, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1953. Hume R.E., The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968. Deussen P., The
Philosophy of the Upanisads, New York: Dover,1966. Ranade R.E., A Constructive Survey of Upanishadic Philosophy, Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1968.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

MPM 07 Philosophy of Saiva-siddhanta 2 Cr

Even though Siva is one of the oldest deities being worshipped in human society, large portions of Saivism’s philosophical and mythic tradition remain untranslated and unexplored. Its ritual life, poetry, symbol systems, and mystical heritage have yet to be fully comprehended even by the most sensitive and conscientious of scholars; the processes by which Saivism has changed in history, has adopted to cultural and societal factors and has, in turn shaped society, the arts, and history can yet give social scientists and humanists alike insight into the dynamics of religion’s persistence and change in the history of man.
Bibliography: Clothey Fred W., Experiencing Siva, New Delhi: Manohar Publishing House, 1983. Dhavamany Mariasusai, Love of God according to Úaiva-siddhânta, Oxford:Clarendon Press, 1971.
Devasenapathi V.A., Saiva Siddhânta, Chennai: University of Madras, 1966.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

MPM 08 Virasaivism: A Philosophical and Religious

System of Saivism 2 Cr

This course presents the students with the detailed information on the origin and development of the religion and philosophy of Virasaivism; a popular Hindu religious sect in Karnataka and was popularized in the 12th century A.D. by Basavanna and other Sivasaranas. The study on philosophy of Virasaivism deals with its doctrine of Saktivisistadvaita. Accordingly, for a Virasaivite, Satsthalais the body, Pancacarais the life breath and Astavaranasis the soul. This involves treading the path of righteousness, worshiping Istalingaand following the path of Kâyakaand Dâsohafor achieving the spiritual perfection. The course also involves the exegetical and hermeneutical analysis of Vacanas.
Bibliography : Basavanal S.S., Sri Basavannanavara Satsthalada Vacanagalu. Dharwar: Sahitya Samiti, Linigayat Vidyabhivrddhi Saunsthe, Lingayat Bhavan, 1962. Basavaraj D., Kalyana Vacana.Mysore: Sarana Prakasana Karyalaya, 1946. Blake Michael R., The Origin of Virasaiva Sects. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1992.
Richard Britto

MPM 09 Buddhist World Vision 2 Cr

Buddhism is both a philosophy and a religion. In the course of time, it has become a way of life for the people and its world-view is finding an ever greater acceptance today. The Buddhist philosophy and religion  has a strong influence in the East and receives an increasing attention in the West. This course deals with the Buddhist vision on reality – man, world and liberation as taught by its founder and developed by its various schools.
Bibliography: Thomas E.J., The Life of Buddha as Legend and History, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1949. Davids T.W. Rhys, Buddhism: Its History and Literature, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons,
1896. Grimm George, The Doctrine of the Buddha, the Religion of Reason and Meditation, (ed.) Keller-Grimm and Max Hope, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1994.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

MPM 11 Counseling Psychology 2 Cr

Counseling psychology is unique in its attention both to normal developmental issues and to problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders. Counseling psychology as a psychological specialty facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice, and with sensitivity to multicultural issues, this specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives.
Bibliography: Gelso C.,& Fretz, B. (2001), Counseling Psychology (2nd ed.), Fort Worth: Harcourt College Publishers; Brown, S.D. & Lent, R.W. (2000), Handbook of Counseling Psychology (3rd ed.), New York: J. Wiley & Sons; Woolfe, R., Dryden, W., & Strawbridge, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Psychology (2nd ed.), (2003), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Eugene Newman Joseph

MPE 01 Philosophy of History 2 Cr

This brief course is more in the nature of introduction to the topic and highlighting the relevant problem confronting the writing of history. What is objective and subjective in historiography? Is it verifiable? How
far is it scientific? Can we ever succeed in reaching the events as they occurred and describe them consistent with reality? Is there a political  twist to writing history? Do vested interests play a part in concocting history? What are the norms of truth that could topple such attempts? The epistemological problems connected with the question will be pointed out. The history of Philosophy of history will be described briefly judging impartially (to the extent possible)the attempts made by many who tried
to interpret history with varied success.
Bibliography: Gardiner Patrick (ed.), Theories of History, New York: The Free Press, 1959.
Joseph Francis B.

MPE 03 Philosophical Anthropology 2 Cr

The course deals philosophically with the nature and value of “being human”. It aims at answering the basic questions on human person: What is it to be human? Who is a human person? Why to be human? The content of the course is: Definition, method and history of philosophical anthropology; the human existence, human life and the meaning of human life; human person a transcendental being; human person unity of body and soul; the sensual and intellectual knowledge; the value of freedom, will and love; the role of language, work and culture in human existence; the death and final destiny of human person.
Bibliography: Aristotle, The Complete Works of Aristotle. Edited by Bernes. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984. Aquinas T., The Collected Works of St. Thomas Aquinas. CD-ROM. Donceel J.F.,
Philosophical Anthropology.London: Sheed and Ward, 1995. Eccles J.C., The Human Mystery. Berlin: Springer International, 1970.
Richard Britto

MPE 04 Fides et Ratio 2 Cr

This course analyses the 13th Encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II, promulgated on 14th September 1998. The central concern of the Encyclical is to highlight the role of Reason in the search of truth. That is why the Holy Father begins this document saying, “Faith and Reason are like the two wings of a bird”. This study helps us to build a bridge between faith and reason, philosophy and theology.
Denis D’Souza

MPE 05 Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita 2 Cr

The Bhagavad Gita, the Lord’s Song is one of the most popular and influential religious texts of India. This course deals with the socioreligious and philosophical contents of the Gita and examines their meaning and relevance for our times. The Gita has a message for the contemporary human in his/her struggle to attain liberation from all forms of bondage. The course analyses the God-Human-World vision of the Gita. The way (marga)of salvation/liberation is presented as a synthesis (yoga) of knowledge (jnana), action (karma) and devotion (bhakti).
Bibliography: Aurobindo, Sri, Essays on the Gita¸ Pondicherry: Aurobindo Ashram, 1966. hidbhavananda Swami, The Bhagavad Gita, Tirupparaitturai: Sri Ramkrishna Tapovanam, 1969. Edgerton F., The
Bhagavad Gita, Havard: Havard University Press, 1964. Radhakrishnan, S., The Bhagavad Gita, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1948. Zaehner, R. C., The Bhagavadgita, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

MPE 09 “Mystery of Being” 2 Cr

Being or Existence is a fundamental concern of Man. Though being is intelligible, it has its existence independent of human knowledge. Though being cries out to be known, it refuses to be known
comprehensively and exhaustively. It is because of this nature of being escapes all definitions. Since we cannot exhaust a being we call it a mystery. In the first part, the treatise deals with the understanding of two
fundamental terms: Mystery and Being.
Bibliography: Owens Joseph, Christian Metaphysics, Houston: University of St. Thomas, 1963. Bracken Joseph, The One in the Many, Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2001. B. Joseph Francis, The Philosophy of Being,
Bangalore: St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 2005. Panthanmackel George, One-In-Many, Bangalore: SFS Publication,1993. _________ Coming and Going, Bangalore: ATC, 1999.
Denis D’Souza

MPE 10 Bio-ethics 2 Cr

This course provides the students with the fundamentals of 58 Institute of Philosophy Bio-ethics together with religious, legal and ethical approaches to Bio-technology. The study also consists of critically examining the approaches of Deontology, Consequentialism, Utilitarianism, Teleology, Proportionality and personalistic ethics. It also provides opportunities to study concrete cases and situations within Clinical ethics. Since the earth is the home of humanity, it also deals with environmental ethics in reference to the interdependence of human life and the environmental health.
Bibliography: Thomas A. S., An Introduction to Bioethics. New York: Paulist Press, 1979. Warren T. R. (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Bioethics. New York: The Free Press, 1979. Broad C.D., Five Types of Ethical Theories.London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967. Dubey R.C., A Text of Biotechnology. New Delhi: S. Chand & co. Ltd., 2003. Kanniyakonil S., The Fundamentals of Bioethics: Legal Perspectives and Ethical Approaches. Kottayam: Oriental Institute of Religious Studies India, 2007.
Richard Britto

MPS 01 Abnormal Psychology 2 Cr

This field of Psychology describes and explains the behavior of abnormal people in relation to their own environment. The causes, symptoms and treatment of abnormalities form the subject matter of this branch of study.
Bibliography: Coleman James C., Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, Bombay: Taraporevala Sons and Co. Private Ltd. 1970; Nolen – Hoeksema Susan, Abnormal Psychology, Boston; Mcgraw Hill, 2001; Sue David et al, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, Boston: Houghton
Mifflin Co, 1990.
Eugene Newman Joseph

MPS 02 Globalization 2 Cr

Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. This process has effects on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world. This current wave of globalization has been driven by policies that have opened economies domestically and internationally.
Bibliography: Paul, H. & Thompson, G. (1999). Globalization in Question. Cambridge: Polity Press; Saskia, S. & Appiah, K. A. (Eds). (1999). Globalization and Its Discontents: Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money. New York: New Press; Steger, M. B. (2004). Globalization the New Market Ideology. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
Eugene Newman Joseph

MPS 04 Psychopathology 2 Cr

Psychopathology is the systematic study of abnormal experience, cognition and behaviour. It is the science concerned with the pathology of the mind and behavior and the study of the products of a disordered mind. It is the most common term which refers to either the study of mental illness or mental distress, the manifestation of behaviours and experiences which may be indicative of psychological impairment. As a science of mental and behavioral disorders it includes psychiatry and abnormal psychology.
Bibliography: Fee, D. (Ed.). (2000). Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Maxmen, J. S. & Ward, N. G. (1995). Essential Psychopathology and Its Treatment (2nd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company; Barlow, D. H. & Durand, V. M. (2004). Abnormal Psychology (4th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole
Eugene Newman Joseph

2.3 Syllabus 2014 – 2015

I Semester (July-September 2014)

S. Code Subject Professors Hours
MPM 02 Gandhian Philosophy Joseph Francis 30
MPM 04 Social Ethics of JP II Richard Britto 30
MPM 05 Philosophy of God Denis D’Souza 30
MPM 06 Upanishadic Exegesis J. Ethakuzhy 30
MPE 02 Philosophy of Values A.Kolenchery 30
MPE 07 Phil. of Wittgenstein Henry Jose K. 30
MPS 01 Abnormal Psychology Eugene N. Joseph 30


II Semester (Oct. 2014-Mar. 2015)

MPM 03 Concept of Man D. D’Souza 30
MPM 10 Post-Modernism Heny Jose K. 30
MPE 03 Phil. Anthropology Richard Britto 30
MPE 12 Indian Hermeneutics J. Ethakuzhy 30
MPS 04 Psychopathology Eugene N. Joseph 30


Presentation of Dissertation

§ The candidate has to register his topic of dissertation by submitting to the Registrar the duly filled-in form of registration after having obtained the signature of his / her moderator.

§ Dissertation should be typed in white paper of good quality and sufficient opacity. All sheets of paper used should be of the same quality. Manifold paper should not be used.

§ A4 size paper should be used for dissertation. The text of the dissertation should be typed with 1.5 line spacing, except in the case where quotations are given in indent. A space of 1.5" on the left margin
and a space of 1" on the right margin should be kept. A space of 1" should be kept on the top and the bottom of the page. Dissertation should be typed only on one side of the paper.

§ Number of pages: The dissertation should be of 100-140 pages including the Bibliography and the Appendix.

§ The M. Ph. students have to submit 3 copies of the dissertation to the Registrar one-month prior to the Defence (one month of Institute working days).

§ The cover page shall have the format approved by the Institute. A dissertation submitted without following the above requirements will not be accepted. On submission of the dissertation, the Dean of the Institute of Philosophy shall fix the moderators and finalise the date of defence after consulting the Registrar. The public defence of the dissertation lasting an hour, will take place before a board of two examiners, who will be the first and the second moderators. The defence can take place only when all the other requirements for the respective degree have been fulfilled.