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Soul is the Principle of Life.

Nothing in the intellect unless it is first in the senses.

Brahman is "Sat-Chit-Ananda".

The whole world is maya.

We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what he is.

The world is filled with the grandeur of God.

The Sabbath was made for man and not man for Sabbath.

Every religion is good that teaches man to be good.

Knowledge is Virtue and no man does evil voluntarily.

Man fully alive is the Glory of God.

Today's fundamentalism and extreme religiosity due to insecurity caused by Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization, is not true faith.

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Religion moderately consumed is good for health, but taken to the extreme causes indigestion.

 

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                                                 Philosophical Anthropology

What is life? The Soul and its Powers; Degrees of Life: Vegetative life, Sensitive life and Intellectual life; Sense and Appetite; Intellectual Appetite; Knowledge; the Human Person from Anthroplogical Perspective.

 Indian Philosophy – Part I

 The origin and the development of Indian Culture, Religion and Philosophy. The salient features of Indian thought; Evolution of Indian thought. A general understanding of Sruti, Smriti and Dharmasastra literature. The progression of Indian thought through Polytheism, Henotheism, Monotheism to Idealistic Monism. The Vedas and its division. Upanishads and the Bhagvat Gita. Buddhist and Jaina Philosophy.

Indian Philosophy – Part II

 A detailed study of Yoga and Purva Mimamsa systems of thought. A general study of Samkhya thought to help appreciate Yoga Philosophy and Yoga Ethics. The Jnana Mimamsa and Tattva Mimamsa of the Mimamsa system to focus on the divergent positions of Bhatta and Prabhakara Schools.

Philosophy of Being

 Introduction. The Existents. Participation – Essential, Existential and Accidental. The Transcendental Properties of Being. Distinctions. Potency and Act, Essence and Existence, Substance and Accidents. Causality – History, Types, Validity. Existentialism and Metaphysics. Analytical Philosophy and Metaphysics.

Philosophy of God

 Philosophical and Theological notions of God. Theism and Atheism. Terminology. Fideism and Rationalism. Existence of God. Demonstrations of the existence of God. ‘The Five Ways’ of St. Thomas Aquinas. The ‘Two Ways’ of Hermeneutical Phenomenology: The Quest for meaning and the Experience of Contingence. The attributes of the Prime Being. Conceptions of God in various religions, Philosophies, sects and the New Age Movement. Some General and Pastoral Observations. Atheism in our time.

 History of Ancient Philosophy

 Introduction. Pre-Socratic Philosophers: The Ionians, Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes. The Pythagoreans; Heraclitus. The Eleatic Philosophers: Parmenides, Zeno. The Atomists: Empodcles, Anaxagoras, Democritus. The Sophists. The Golden Age: Athens: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Hellenism: The Cynics, The Epicureans, the Stoics. Neo-Platonism: Plotinus, Philo of Alexandria.

History of Medieval Philosophy

Introduction: The Patristic period; Augustine, Psedo-Dionysius, Boethius, the Carolingian Renaisssance. The Scholastic Period: John Scotus Eriugena, Anselm of Canterbury. The influence of Islamic and Jewish Philosophers on Christian Philosophers. Formation of Scholasticism. Scholasticism proper: Bonaventure, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham.

Methodology

 Purpose of Methodology. Scientific Presentation of term papers, theses and dissertations: Parts of a paper, Capitalization, Punctuations, Direct and Indirect quotations and Quotation marks. Citation I: Footnotes and Endnotes. Citation II: Bibliographies.

   

 

 

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