History and Problems of Philosophy

  1. Plato and Aristotle : Ideas; Substance; Form and Matter; Causation; Actuality and Potentiality.
  2. Rationalism (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz); Cartesian Method and Certain Knowledge; Substance; God; Mind-Body Dualism; Determinism and Freedom.
  3. Empiricism (Locke, Berkeley, Hume) : Theory of Knowledge; Substance and Qualities; Self and God; Scepticism.
  4. Kant: Possibility of Synthetic a priori Judgments; Space and Time; Categories; Ideas of Reason; Antinomies; Critique of Proofs for the Existence of God.
  5. Hegel : Dialectical Method; Absolute
  6. Moore, Russell and Early Wittgenstein : Defense of Commonsense; Refutation of Idealism; Logical Atomism; Logical Constructions; Incomplete Symbols; Picture Theory of Meaning; Saying and Showing.
  7. Logical Positivism: Verification Theory of Meaning; Rejection of Metaphysics; Linguistic Theory of Necessary Propositions.
  8. Later Wittgenstein: Meaning and Use; Language-games; Critique of Private
  9. Phenomenology (Husserl): Method; Theory of Essences; Avoidance of Psychologism.
  10. Existentialism (Kierkegaard, Sarte, Heidegger): Existence and Essence; Choice, Responsibility and Authentic Existence; Being-in-the-world and Temporality.
  11. Quine and Strawson: Critique of Empiricism; Theory of Basic Particulars and
  12. Carvaka : Theory of Knowledge; Rejection of Transcendent
  13. Jainism: Theory of Reality; Saptabhanginaya; Bondage and
  14. Schools of Buddhism: Prat Ityasamutpada; Ksanikavada,
  15. NyayaVaiesesika: Theory of Categories; Theory of Appearance; Theory of Pramana; Self, Liberation; God; Proofs for the Existence of God; Theory of Causation; Atomistic Theory of Creation.
  16. Samkhya; Prakrit; Purusa; Causation;
  17. Yoga; Citta; Cittavrtti; Klesas; Samadhi;
  18. Mimamsa: Theory of
  19. Schools of Vedanta : Brahman; Isvara; Atman; Jiva; Jagat; Maya; Avida; Adhyasa; Moksa; Aprthaksiddhi;
  20. Aurobindo: Evolution, Involution; Integral


Socio-Political Philosophy

  1. Social and Political ldeals: Equality, Justice,
  2. Sovereignty: Austin, Bodin, Laski,
  3. Individual and State: Rights; Duties and
  4. Forms of Government : Monarchy; Theocracy and
  5. Political Ideologies: Anarchism; Marxism and
  6. Humanism; Secularism; Multi-culturalism.
  7. Crime and Punishment : Corruption, Mass Violence, Genocide, Capital
  8. Development and Social Progress.
  9. Gender Discrimination : Female Foeticide, Land and Property Rights;
  10. Caste Discrimination : Gandhi and Ambedkar.

Brief Philosophy Syllabus by Devraj Verma Sir

Philosophy of Religion

  1. Notions of God : Attributes; Relation to Man and the World. (Indian and Western).
  2. Proofs for the Existence of God and their Critique (Indian and Western).
  3. Problem of
  4. Soul : Immortality; Rebirth and
  5. Reason, Revelation and Faith.
  6. Religious Experience : Nature and Object (Indian and Western).
  7. Religion without
  8. Religion and
  9. Religious Pluralism and the Problem of Absolute
  10. Nature of Religious Language : Analogical and Symbolic; Cognitivist and Non- cognitive