The M. Ph. Course provides the students opportunities to philosophize in the Indian context and to specialise in a particular area of Philosophy, enabling them to attain a comprehensive synthesis of various philosophical disciplines. The course is meant to deepen, widen and complement the studies done at the B. Ph level and to train those who might be engaged in teaching. The M. Ph degree of St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute qualifies the candidates for admission to Doctorate in Philosophy in all ecclesiastical Universities.

A. Major Courses

01. Analytical Philosophy G. Panthanmackel 30
02. Gandhian Philosophy of Life Joseph Francis B. 30
03. Concept of Man Denis D’Souza 30
04. Social Ethics of John Paul II Richard Britto 30
05. Critical Phil. of God Denis D’Souza 30
06. Upanishadic Exegesis Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
07. Philosophy of Saiva-siddhanta Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
08. Philosophy of Virasaivism Richard Britto 30
09. Buddhist World Vision Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
10. Post-Modernism Henry Jose K. 30
11. Counseling Psychology Eugene Newman Joseph 30

B. Electives

01. Philosophy of History Joseph Francis B. 30
02. Phil. of Values–East & West A. Kolenchery 30
03. Philosophical Anthropology Richard Britto 30
04. Fides et Ratio Denis D’Souza 30
05. Phil. of the Bhagavad Gita Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
06. Science and Philosophy Richard Britto 30
07. Linguistic Phil.of Wittgenstein Henry Jose K. 30
08. Environmental Ethics Richard Britto 30
09. “Mystery of Being” Denis D’Souza 30
10. Bio-Ethics Richard Britto 30
11. Phil. of Teilhard de Chardin Henry Jose K. 30
12. Indian Hermeneutics Joseph Ethakuzhy 30

C. Seminars

01. Abnormal Psychology Eugene Newman Joseph
02. Globalization Eugene Newman Joseph
03. Karma: East and West Antony Kolenchery
04. Psychopathology Eugene Newman Joseph

2.1 Course Requirements

  • The course covers two years of intense study
  • Eight compulsory major courses of 2 credits each.
  • Ten electives of 2 credits each.
  • Three seminars.
  • Language Courses: A classical language (e.g., Greek or Sanskrit) in the
    area of specialization, and a modern foreign language (German, French or Italian).
  • One dissertation of ca. 100-140 pages in the field of specialization.


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.

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, Philosophy of Man, 3 Vols, Bangalore,TPI, 1989. Rivetti, B.F. Philosophy of Man: An Outline, Rome, Hortus Conclusus, 2001.
Denis D’Souza

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

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

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 Upanisads such 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 Upanisads is 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

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, W., Experiencing Siva, New Delhi, Manohar Publishing House, 1983. Dhavamany, Love of God according to Úaivasiddhânta, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1971. Devasenapathi V.A., Saiva Siddhânta, Chennai, University of Madras, 1966.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

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, Satsthala is the body, Pancacara is the life breath and Astavaranas is the soul. This involves treading the path of righteousness,
worshiping Istalinga and following the path of Kâyaka and Dâsoha for 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, 1962. Basavaraj, D. Kalyana Vacana, Mysore: Sarana Prakasana Karyalaya, 1946, Blake, R, The Origin of Virasaiva Sects, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1992.
Richard Britto

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.D. Buddhism: Its History and Literature, New York, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1896. Grimm, G. The Doctrine of the Buddha. The Religion of Reason and Meditation, K-Grimm and M. Hope, eds, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1994.
Joseph Ethakuzhy

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  cross 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., Counseling Psychology (2nd ed., Fort Worth, Harcourt College Publishers, 2001, Brown, S.D. & Lent, R.W., Handbook of Counseling Psychology, 3rd ed., New York, J. Wiley & Sons, 2009, Woolfe, R., Dryden, W.& Strawbridge, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Psychology, 2nd ed., Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications, 2003.
Eugene Newman Joseph

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, ed, Theories of History, New York, The Free Press, 1959.
Joseph Francis B.

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

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

The Bhagavad Gita, the Lord’s Song is one of the most popular and influential religious texts of India. This course deals with the socio-religious 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. Chidbhavananda 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

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 beingescapes 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, Christian Metaphysics, Houston: University of St. Thomas, 1963. Bracken J., The One in the Many, Cambridge, Eerdmans, 2001. 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

This course provides the students with the fundamentals of 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, 2003. Kanniyakonil S., The Fundamentals of Bioethics: Legal Perspectives and Ethical Approaches. Kottayam: Oriental Institute of Religious Studies India, 2007.
Richard Britto

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, J C. Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, Bombay: Taraporevala Sons1970; Nolen – Hoeksema, S Abnormal Psychology, Boston, Mcgraw Hill, 2001; Sue D et al, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1990.
Eugene Newman Joseph

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
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

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

I Semester (July – September 2017)

S. Code Subject Professors Hours
MPM 01 Analytic Philosophy G. Panthanmackel 30
MPM 07 Phil.of Saiva-siddanta J. Ethakuzhy 30
MPM 08 Phil. of Virasaivism R. Britto 30
MPM 12 Counseling Psychology Eugene N. Joseph 30
MPE 05 Phil. of the Bh. Gita J. Ethakuzhy 30
MPE 11 Phil. of Teilhard
de Chardin Henry Jose K. 30
MPE 03 Karma: East and West A.Kolenchery (Seminar)

II Semester (Oct. 2017 – March 2018)

MPM 09 Buddhist World Vision J. Ethakuzhy 30
MPM 10 Process Philosophy J. Francis B.
MPE 01 Philosophy of History J. Francis B. 30
MPE 04 Fides et Ratio D. D’Souza 30
MPE 08 Environmental Ethics R.Britto 30
MPS 02 Globalization Eugene N. Joseph (Seminar) 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 Defense (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 finalize the date of defense 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 defense can take place only when all the other requirements for the respective degree have been fulfilled.