PHILOSOPHY

About the Department

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The Department of Philosophy started in 1968 with Prof. Raja Raja Varma as its first Head. The Department offers BA Degree in Philosophy on average 160 students and have 3 full time faculty members. Our graduate program produces first-rate scholars and teachers with a strong foundation in the history of philosophy, a well-rounded preparation in the diverse concerns of contemporary philosophy, and the skills to communicate effectively across different traditions and schools of thought. We encourage our students to become reflective citizens and lifelong learners while preparing them to pursue careers in government, non-profit sectors, or business. Our undergraduate program emphasizes the skills of critical reflection, written and oral communication, and creative problem-solving. Our graduates have an established track-record of successful placement in tenure-track positions at liberal arts colleges and research universities.

 

The members of the Faculty of the Department have an ongoing record of participating in seminars and conferences in India and abroad. All members of the Faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research and extension activities, which have resulted in the publication of a number of books, articles and chapters in Philosophy texts in nationally reputed journals and anthologies. Dr. Johns K. Mangalam, Head of the Department of Philosophy, has brought hundreds of patients back to life who has been victims of alcohol addiction.  Dr. Maya S, feminist writer and activist, is chairing the Women Cell of this College.  Dr. Biju K.P is serving National Service Scheme (NSS) as Program Officer. The fact that our faculty members have received accolades for their works, deserves special mention.

 

In recognition of high standard of teaching and research, the Department was granted University Grants Commission (UGC) fund for organizing three days National Seminar on “Theorizing Ethics: Prospects and Challenges” during 20-22, January 2015. The department regularly organizes Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR) Periodic Lectures on different research areas. The department has also undertaken a UGC research project during 2014-2016 on “Does Right to Death Contradict Right to Life”. The department regularly holds lectures, conferences, seminars, Webinars, symposiums in collaboration with different charitable organizations. The department published an edited book titled “Samoohikarogyam: Chila Chinthakal” [ISBN: 978-93-5104-808-4] A collection of articles by multiple authors co-published by Institute for Social and Ecological Studies, Kozhikode, Keraleeyam Masika-Thrissur and Haritha Maithri, Angamaly, 2016.

   

Department Faculty

   

 

1. Dr. Johns K. Mangalam., M.A, PhD (Philosophy from Calicut University), LLB, UGC-JRF

Head of the Department of Philosophy

Managing Trustee, Punarjani De-addition Centre, Poomala

 

2. Dr. Maya S., MA (Philosophy), MA (Sociology), PhD (Philosophy from MG University Kottayam), PhD (Sociology from Freiburg University, Germany), UGC-NET.

Women Cell Convenor

 

3. Dr. Biju K.P., MA (Philosophy), MA (Sociology), M.Phil (Philosophy), PhD (Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), UGC-NET, SET, ICPR-JRF,SYLFF Fellow.

 

NSS Program Officer

   

Former Faculty Members

   

   1. Prof. A.K.Raja Raja Varma (1968-86)             2. Prof. T.N. Sumathy (1969-84)

   3. Dr. K. Padmaja (1970-2002)                          4. Dr. K.Indira (1972-2004) 

   5.Dr. C.M. Mallika (1985-2005)                          6.  Dr. A. C. Rajeswari Kunjamma 

                                                                                                       (1980-2007) 

   7. Mr. K. Ramachandran                                     8. Dr. Dr. K. Gopinathan

   

List of Eminent Philosophers, Academicians and Scholars visited to the Department Since 2012

   
  1. Dr. Rajan Gurukkal, Historian, Former Vice Chancellor, M.G. University, Kottayam
  2. Prof. Nizar Ahmend, Former Head of the Department of Philosophy, Sree Sankaracharya Univeristy of Sanskrit, Kalady.
  3. Dr. Sanil V, Professor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  4. Prof. R. P. Singh, Chairperson, Centre for Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.(Webinar)
  5. Dr. Prof. Pius Malekandathil, Historian, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  6. Dr. Parinitha Shetty, Head of the Department of English, Mangalore University, Karnataka.
  7. Dr. T.V. Madhu, Head of the Department of Philosophy, Calicut Univerisity.
  8. Dr. Prof. Sreekala M. Nair, Head of the Department of Philosophy, ICPR Member, Sree Sankaracharya Univeristy of Sanskrit, Kalady.
  9. Dr. P.K. Pokker, Former Professor, Head of Department of Philosophy, University of Calicut
  10. Dr. M. Ramakrishnan, Retired Professor of Philosophy, Government Brennen College, Kannur University
  11. Dr. Prof. K. Gopinathan, Filim Critic, Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Calicut.
  12. Dr. Atreyee Mukherji, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, West Bengal State University
  13.  Prof. C. Upedra, Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
  14. Dr. Sree Kumar Jayadevan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, IIT, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  15. Dr. Shiju Sam Varughese, Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
  16.  Dr. Aditi Dasgupta, Assistant Professor, Department of philosophy, West Bengal State University, Kolkatta.
  17. Dr. Lekha Bhatt, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Central University of Mizoram.
  18. Dr. Praveenlal Kuttichira, Professor of Psychiatry & Principal, Government Medical College, Ernakulam.
  19.  Dr. Rajeswari Kunjamma, Retired Professor of Philosophy, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur
  20. Antony Dawson D’Silva, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Government Law College, Thrissur.
  21. Dr. Gasper K.J., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Maharajas College, Ernakulam.
  22. Dr. Aby Kozhy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
  23. Dr. P. Pavitran, Associate Professor of Malayalam, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
  24. Dileep Raj, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Government Brennan College, Kannur
  25. Dr. A. K. Jayasree, Head, Social and Preventive Medicine, Pariyaram Medical College, Kannur.
  26. Dr. C.A. Anas, Assistant Professor of History, Farook College, Kozhikode
  27. Dr. K.R. Anandhan, Psychiatrist, Daya Hospital, Thrissur
  28. Nocolas Mauviel, South Asian Studies Centre, Paris, France.
  29. Prof. Raja Raja Varma, Former Head of the Department of Philosophy, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur.
  30. Dr. Anna Lindberg, Director, SASNET- Swedish South Asian Studies Network/Lund University
  31. Nicolas Mauviel, Research Fellow, South Asian Studies Center, Paris.
   

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Organized.

   
  1. Lecture on ‘Doing Philosophy’ by Dr. Gasper K.J., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Maharajas College, Ernakulam on 13th January 2012.
  2. One day Seminar on ‘Ethics: Theory and Practice’ on 29th February 2012.
  3. Lecture on ‘Revisiting Phenomenology’ by Dr. T.V. Madhu, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Calicut on 12th March 2012.
  4. Lecture on ‘Metaphysics” by Prof. A.K. Raja Raja Varma, Retired Professor of Philosophy, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur.
  5. Symposium on “Vyvasthayil ninnu mochanam” on 20th December 2012 collaboration with Institute for Social & Ecological Studies - Kozhikode, Keraliam Masika - Thrissur and Harithamaitri - Angamaly.
  6. Lecture on ‘Philosophy of Sustainable Development: Prospects and Challenges’ by Prof. Dr. Sree Kala M. Nair Head of the Department, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
  7. ICPR sponsored periodic special lecture on ‘Deconstructive Turn in Philosophy: Consequences of Logic of Disintegration’ by Dr. P.K. Pokker, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Calicut on 28th January 2014.
  8. ICPR supported second periodic lecture on ‘Understanding Environmental Ethics: Buddhist Perspectives’ delivered by Dr. M. Ramakrishnan, Retired Professor of Philosophy, Government Brennen College, Kannur University programmed on 11th February 2014.
  9. Lectures on Care jointly organized with Association for Mentaly Handicapped Adults, Thrissur; Institute for Social and Ecological Studies, Kozhikode; Pain and Palliative Care Society Thrissur on 1-2 March & 8-9 March at Sahitya Academic, Thrissur.
  10. Lectures and Discussion on ‘Dharma and Justice’ jointly organized by Keraleeyam Magazine, Thrissur; Harithamaitri, Angamali; Institute for Social and Ecological Studies, Kozhikode on 2-5 October 2014 at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi.
  11. Lecture on ‘Health and Disease in Ayurveda’ by Dr. Sara Paul, BAMS on 08/12/2014.
  12. UGC sponsored Three Days National Seminar on ‘Theorizing Ethics: Prospects and Challenges’ held on 20-22 January 2015.
  13. Lecture on ‘Philosophical Basis in Biological Sciences by Dr. Sanil V, Professor IIT Delhi, Jointly organized by Department of Philosophy, Department of Botany and Department of Zoology on 20th October 2015
  14.  ICPR Lectures on Modernity by Dr. Prof. Pius Malekandathil, Historian, JNU, New Delhi on the topic ‘Making of Modern India’; Dr. Prof. K. Gopinathan, Filim Critic, Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Calicut on ‘Critique of Modernity’ on 25th January 2016.
  15. A special lecture on ‘Political Perspectives’ by Dr. Rajan Gurukkal, Historian, Former Vice Chancellor, M.G. University, Kottayam on 28th October 2016.
  16. Seminar on Higher Education: Structural Barriers and Socio-Cultural Hindrances, A Case of Kerala, Nicolas Mauviel, South Asian Studies Centre, Paris, France on 31-10-2016 Jointly organized by Women’s Cell, Department of Political Sciences, Department of History and Department of Philosophy, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur.
  17.  A Seminar on ‘Against Drug Abuse’ jointly organized by Department of Philosophy, NSS and NCC, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur on March 6, 2017.
   

Student Corner

   

Course Structure

        BA Philosophy

        Total Seats: 60

Complementary Courses:

            (1) Logic

           (2) Political Science

Open Course

            Philosophy of Education

Syllabus

First Semester

Core 1 PHL1B01 Introduction to Philosophy

Complementary 1: PHL1C01 Philosophy of Education

Complementary 2: ICP1CO1 Indian Constitution and Politics: Basic Features

Second Semester

Core 2 PHL2B02 Logic and Scientific Method

Complementary 1: PHL2C02 Contemporary Socio - Political Philosophy of India

Complementary 2: ICP2CO2 Indian Constitution and Politics: Governmental Structures

 

Third Semester

Core 3 PHL3B03 Methodology of Humanities and Philosophy

Core 4 PHL3B04 Symbolic Logic and Informatics

Complementary 1: PHL3C03 Philosophy of Yoga

Complementary 2: ICP3CO3 Indian Constitution and Politics: Political Dynamics

 

Fourth Semester

Core 5 PHL4B05 Classical Indian Philosophy

Core 6 PHL4B06 Classical Western Philosophy

Complementary 1: PHL4C04 Logical Reasoning

Complementary 2: ICP4CO4 Indian Constitution and Politics: Federal Dynamics

 

Fifth Semester

Core 7 PHL5B07 Systems of Indian Philosophy

Core 8 PHL5B08 Modern Western Philosophy

Core 9 PHL5B09 Fundamentals of Ethics

Core 10 PHL5B10 Philosophy of Education

Open Course: As decided by the department concerned

 

Sixth Semester

Core 11 PHL6B11 Contemporary Indian Philosophy

Core 12 PHL6B12 Philosophical Critique of Caste

Core13 PHL6B13 Recent Developments in Western Philosophy

Core 14 PHL6B14 Applied Ethics

Core 15 Elective PHL6B15 Gandhian Philosophy in the Contemporary World

PHL6B16 Project

   

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION Core courses consist of fifteen theory papers and a project work. The evaluation scheme for each course including the project work shall contain two parts. i) Internal assessment ii) External evaluation 20% weight shall be given to Internal assessment and 80% weight shall be for External evaluation. Each of the fifteen theory papers carries a total of 100 marks (20 for internal assessment and 80 for External evaluation). The duration of examination for each course is 3 hours. For the project work, out of the total 50 marks, 10 for internal assessment and 40 for External evaluation.

PHL6B16 Project Evaluation is based on a dissertation (in approximately 25- 40 pages typescript in standard dissertation format). Project work may be based on topics of research or report of field work carried out under the supervision of a teacher.