Department of Philosophy

MANIPAL ACADEMY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Faculty of Liberal Arts

Department of Philosophy

Overview

The Department of Philosophy is resolved to create an academic platform for philosophical exchange while preserving the nuances of philosophical practice in a diverse academic and professional environment. The Department participates in the Humanities discourses on scientific investigation on the aspects of human nature, existence and experience; and presents a systematic and an essentially self-reflexive enquiry to understand the nature of self and the world, while elaborating on the process of understanding or knowledge itself. The Department of Philosophy engages with the philosophical approaches that involve critically engaging with the concepts of material and metaphysical being, self and experience, truth and logical reasoning, while integrating relevant historical elements – thus advancing intellectual discourses.

As a constituent of the Faculty of Liberal Arts – Humanities and Social Sciences at MAHE, an Institution of Eminence in India, The Department of Philosophy is determined to accentuate intellectual openness rooted in classical and contemporary traditions by embracing a trans-disciplinary perspective.

Established as the Dvaita Philosophy Resource Centre (DPRC) in 2010, it has been a part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES), with the funding from the Delegation of the European Union to India. The Centre has been effectuating knowledge-sharing experiences between Europe and India and creating an international platform for Indian intellectual traditions; the Centre attained the recognition as the Department in 2019. Thereon, the Department is envisioned to promote Indian Intellectual traditions, particularly Dvaita Vedanta, which originated in the region of Udupi-Manipal. In principle, the Department adheres to the long-term plan of integrating Indian philosophical traditions in the contemporary intellectual continuum.

The Department of Philosophy incorporates teaching and research activities in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences through academic programs, projects, publications and events. The Department of Philosophy offers a two-year Master’s program in Indian Philosophy as well as a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Indian Philosophy, as of 2019. It also offers a variety of elective/certificate courses in multiple areas of humanities.

Objectives

• To mainstream the discourses in philosophy in the frame of contemporary interests
• To develop intellectual resources equipped with scientific temperament
• To encourage academic exchanges in trans-disciplinary research
• To preserve and advance the philosophical heritage of India’s intellectual traditions

Activities

• Programs and courses on philosophical studies
• Research projects and publications
• Inter-institutional collaborations within India and outside
• Academic and cultural events
• Fostering Digital Humanities

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MA Indian Philosophy
Postgraduate Diploma in Indian Philosophy

While the philosophies around the world – Eastern and Western – have contributed significantly to the structure of knowledge, the Indian philosophical traditions provide a similar yet varied worldviews contributing to the knowledge ecosystems.

In this regard, the Indian intellectual traditions, which also include Vedic and other philosophical schools of thoughts, have constructively contributed to the development of Indian knowledge systems. Over the centuries, different schools of Indian philosophy have added manifold dimensions as well as offered hermeneutic explanations and critical interpretations to this repository of knowledge.

The two-year Master’s Program and one-year PG Diploma in Indian Philosophy is designed to facilitate a scientific understanding of the Indian discourses on Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ethics, thereby enabling the learner to access knowledge sources (seminal texts in Indian discourses) through dialectics.

The discipline of Indian philosophy postulates the adequate knowledge of philosophical language and conceptual understanding presented in the dialectic traditions. Considering the present modus operandi towards the subject i.e., either the traditional text-based study or concept-based study, also referring to secondary sources. Against this backdrop, the Programs endeavour to examine the meaning and implication of contemporary philosophical problems along with their historical antecedents by building an interface between conceptual analysis and textual interpretation in commitment to philosophical rigour. Further, the Programs seek to expand its sphere of concern through its each module – Language and Linguistics, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Literary Studies – by adopting a trans-disciplinary approach in engaging with allied disciplines.

Programs’ objectives

• To provide a conceptual understanding of Indian intellectual traditions with comparative perspectives
• To encourage academic exchanges of trans-disciplinary research
• To foster digital humanities and equip with technical advancements and intellectual resources
• To build an interface between modern and traditional academia

Programs’ highlights

• Research oriented studies on Language and Linguistics, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Literary Studies
• Focus on epistemology, ontology, axiology and philology with comparative perspectives
• Proficiency in Sanskrit language
• Critical engagement with interdisciplinary niche areas
• Entwined with an international pedagogy rooted in traditional approach
• Interactions with academicians and scholars of national and international repute
• Inter-institutional collaborations and study/research opportunities within India and outside
• State-of-the-art facilities
Year exit option with Postgraduate Diploma award