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Philosophy, which derives from the Greek word ‘Philosophia’, means the ‘Love for Wisdom’, is the study of questioning life and its meaning. Philosophy studies the general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and languages. There is a critical discussion, questioning, rational argument and systematic presentation.

A question which has been coming down since ages ‘Is it possible to know anything and to prove it?’. Such questions are answered in a practical, logical and rational way and the study of Philosophy helps students discover the meaning of life and its existence. From Greek Philosopher Aristotle’s theories to Isaac Newton’s Law of Gravity, universities have aimed to research more on philosophy and other disciplines, to professionalise and specialize in a specific field.

Major sub-fields in Philosophy are as follows:

Sub-Field

Description

Metaphysics

Deals with the fundamental nature of reality and being. Questions subjects related to existence and what is the cause for existence.

Epistemology

Deals with Nature and Ground of Knowledge, its limits and its validity, justification, the rationality of belief and various related issues,

Ethics

Involves systemizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong behaviour.

Aesthetics

Deals with the nature of beauty and taste, as well as the philosophy of art which comes out aesthetic.

Political Philosophy

The study of topics such as liberty, justice, property, rights, laws and the enforcement of laws by the authority: what they are, why are they needed and the purpose.

Logic

The study of the forms and inference i.e the relations which lead to the acceptance of one proposition and the analysis and appraisal of arguments.

Philosophy of Science

Deals with the foundation, methods, implications of science. Study of what qualifies as science, the reliability of scientific theories and the ultimate purpose of science.

People who have played an important role in the study of Philosophy

Plato

Aristotle

Aquinas

Descartes

Locke

Hume

Kant

Karl Marx

Sartre

Nietzsche

Required Skills for Philosophy

Given below in the table are the list of skillset for Philosophy candidates:

Skillset for Philosophy Candidates

Curious

Inquisitive

Interested

Dedicated

Passionate

Avid Reader

Analytical

Enthusiastic

Devoted

Fanatical

Dogmatic

Opinionated

Courses Offered in Philosophy

Candidates can check the below given table to know about the courses offered in Philosophy:

Course

Duration

Eligibility Criteria

BA in Philosophy

3-Years

The candidate should have done their class 12 from a recognised board and should have secured a minimum of 45% marks.

MA in Philosophy

2-Years

The candidate should have done their graduation in a BA Programme or BA (Hons) in any discipline and should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate marks.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

2-Years

The candidate should have secured a minimum of 60% in their Master’s in any field from a recognised university.

PhD

2-Years

The candidate should have done their MA in Philosophy or MPhil from a recognized university.

Philosophy Admission Process

Chose University/College: The first step is to search for colleges or universities which are offering the programme and course you are interested in. Check the fees, the seats offered, eligibility criteria which is set for the course.

Apply for Course: Proceed to apply for admission after getting to know the university offering the programme and course. Fill up the details as required and pay the application fee. The application forms are available for a limited period of time so the candidate is advised to know the details way in advance.

Mode of Admission: Universities and Colleges will either conduct entrance exams for admission or offer admission through merit. For postgraduate courses, the candidate will have to appear for an entrance exam. For MPhil and PhD, entrance exams are conducted.

Results: Selected and qualified candidates make the merit list. The student has to get the desired rank and percentage, to be eligible for admission.

Counselling: The candidate will have to appear for the counselling session conducted at the university to book their seat, submit their documents and pay the fees to seal admission.

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BA Philosophy Syllabus

As prescribed by the Delhi University, here is the Syllabus for BA Philosophy

Semester – I

Paper I – Indian Philosophy

Paper II – Logic

Semester – II

Paper III – Greek Philosophy

Paper IV – Ethics

Semester – III

Paper V – Western Philosophy

Paper VI – Social and Political Philosophy

Paper – VII – Applied Ethics

Semester – IV

Paper VIII – Text if Indian Philosophy

Paper IX – Text of Western Philosophy

Paper X – Truth Functional Logic: Propositional and Predicate

 

Semester – V

Paper XI – Analytical Philosophy

Paper XII – Continental Philosophy

Semester – VI

Paper XIII – Philosophy of Religion (Indian and Western)

Paper XIV – Philosophy of Language (Indian & Western)

Discipline-Specific Elective (DSE)

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Logic

Knowledge and Skepticism

Aesthetics

Indian Theories of Consciousness

Philosophy of Law

Indian Materialism

Top Colleges offering Philosophy

Given below in the table are the list of top colleges offering Philosophy

Top Colleges for Philosophy

Nizam College

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)

Nalanda University

Amity University

JNU

Presidency University

University of Hyderabad

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Comments

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Soumya v r

2022-03-03 11:07:44

I want to know about the fee structure at Institute of Professional Studies (IPS, Meerut) for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (Part Time).

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Dattatraya Samal

2022-02-19 19:08:42

I want to know about the fee structure at SOA - Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

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Chandrika

2022-02-19 21:00:47

I want to know about the admission process at MDSU Ajmer for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 7

a week ago

To take admission in P.hd there is an entrance exam and interview.

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BS Muralidhar

2022-02-23 08:34:10

Can I know which are good UG courses around history and Archeology?

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Ratnakar Mishra

Beginner-Level 3

a week ago

In my point of view, the research part of archaeology will be better than history as you will enjoy the process of learning things instead of learning only the textbook knowledge you will get to know the practical implementations as well.

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Chanda

2022-01-22 18:15:09

Can I know about any such course in medical which is done without giving NEET?

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Nikita Sharma

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Yes some colleges offer medical course without NEET.

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Ok

2022-01-20 23:15:51

Which are the colleges for History of Philosophy in Tamil Nadu?

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

What you want to know actually? About subject? Colleges in Tamil Nadu? Or scope for this subject? UG, PG, Ph.D. which stream you want to know? Please ask completely so I can guide you in that way. But if you want to know about college so I am telling you these are few colleges good for psychology...What you want to know actually? About subject? Colleges in Tamil Nadu? Or scope for this subject? UG, PG, Ph.D. which stream you want to know? Please ask completely so I can guide you in that way. But if you want to know about college so I am telling you these are few colleges good for psychology stream so you can apply there else ask clearly
Loyola College, Chennai
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