Department of Philosophy was established in the year 1975. Late Ila Sharma, MA was the founder faculty member of the department. Ms Lilawati Dutta Majumdar, Ms Chitrali Hazarika, Dr. Chandra Sarmah and Ms. Latika Hazarika join the department in later period. Ms Latika Hazarika secured 1st Class 1st position in Philosophy Major in BA final examination from this department. Many students from this department excel in various fields of life.
Eligibility for Admission : For Major course, minimum 45% in aggregate and 50% marks in Philosophy in HS Examination.
Programme Specific Outcome (PSO)
The programme develops in students a sense of the value and limits of philosophy, a reflective attitude and sensitivity to the philosophical judgments, and a life-long commitment to learning and inquiry. The students completing a BA in Philosophy should achieve the following competencies:
Understanding of the concept of Indian and Western Tradition and Culture.
Understanding of concept of Indian and Western Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ethics.
Enhancing ability in critical thinking skills.
Understanding of concept of origin of the world, life and root cause of human sufferings.
Understanding of concepts of right, wrong, good and bad; understanding of moral principles and their applications in everyday life.
Increasing ability to understand the reality from different perspectives and thus to understand that different people will define issues in different ways.
Helping the students to inculcate moral and ethical values as instructed by the Western and Indian philosophers.
Understanding of Humanism as instructed by the Indian and Western Contemporary Philosophers.
Enhancing ability to understand the reasoning, truth value, Venn diagram, argument form and their application in competitive examinations.
Understanding of the Indian religion and Comparative Religion.
Preparing the students with maximum competency to go for the creative jobs. After the awarded degrees of philosophy a student work in variety of setting, like higher studies and job opportunities in universities, colleges, primary and secondary school, private company, industries etc.
Course Outcome (CO)
COs of the Course- Indian Philosophy, Indian Ethics and Indian Logic (Course code- 101,301,401 & 501)
An Introductory note to Indian Philosophy is placed at the beginning of the course and able to know to reconstruct and debate some fundamental issues in the Indian tradition.
This paper acquaints the students with various philosophical thoughts of Indian tradition including Vedas, Upanishad, Hindu philosophy, Buddhist philosophy and Jaina Philisophy, giving basic concept on Purusartha, Concept of soul and liberation, Rta, Rna, Yajya and Karmavada.
The Philosophical system is classified in to two groups on the basis of acceptance of Vedas. Under the these two groups there are six Vedic systems of Indian Philosophical thoughts – Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Mimansa and Vedanta philosophy and three Avaidic system of Indian thoughts- Carvaka, Bhudha and Jaina Philosophy. All these systems are discussed with a critical approach to their theories in this course.
The aim of this paper is to give knowledge on Epistemology like theories of knowledge, sources of Pramana, theories of error. All the schools of Indian Philosophy critically discuss the problem of knowledge.
The main teaching of Indian philosophy is that human life is full of suffering and that is why all Indian philosophical systems focus on the way of relief of suffering. They encourage some ethical, spiritual way, which leads to liberation.
The aim of Indian Logic (Course code-501) is to acquaint the students of philosophy with the basic elements of annumana, forms of annumana , grounds of annumana, development of Indian logic and hetvabhasa’s or logical fallacies.
COs of the Course– Western Philosophy, Western Ethics History of Western Philosophy, Western Logic, (Course code -201, 302, 402, 502, 503)
An Introductory note to Western Philosophy is place at the beginning of the course and has to reconstruct and debate some fundamental issues in the western tradition.
The aim of these papers is to give knowledge on relation of philosophy to epistemology, metaphysics, theology, axiology and science.
These papers give concept on knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description, propositional knowledge, universal and theories of truths.
The aim of these papers is to give knowledge on epistemology like theories of knowledge, sources of knowledge, origin of knowledge, categories of the knowledge. All the Western Philosophy critically discusses the problem of knowledge.
This course enables the students able to understand the origin of the world, metaphysical theories, theories of evolution, value, attributes of God from western perspectives.
The main outcome of this course is to acquaint the students of philosophy with the moral aspects of human existence, nature of moral philosophy and its relation to different subjects, meta-ethical applied ethics, crime & punishment from the western perspective.
The prime outcome of western logic is to enable understand the students’ basic idea of Induction and Deduction, giving knowledge on technique of decision procedure. The aim of Symbolic Logic is to teach on deductive proof, truth function, knowledge of the formal techniques of evaluating arguments and deductive systems.
COs of the Course – Philosophy of Religion, Course Code- 504
An Introductory note to Philosophy of Religion is placed at the beginning of the course and it allow the students to reconstruct and debate some fundamental issues on God and anti –theistic trends (Positivism, Maxicism), nature and scope of religion.
It enables the students of philosophy to understand the basic trends of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, principal sects of Saivism, Sakticult and Vaisnavism.
The students of philosophy have to understand the Comparative Religion, Universal Religion and Secularism.
Cos of the course- Contemporary Indian Philosophy and Contemporary Western Philosophy, Course code-601 & 602
The students of philosophy have to know about the basic features of contemporary Indian and Western philosophy.
The students of philosophy have to understand the philosophical outlook of Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Radhakrishnan , M.K. Gandhi and Mahmad Iqbal.
This course helps the students to know about the Mind –Super mind concept, Human ego, and Intelect- Intuition and Neo-Vedantik concept.
They have to know the philosophy of the concept of Satyagraha, Swaraj, Swadeshi, Non-Violence and Truth, God and Religion.
The students of philosophy have to understand the philosophical outlook of William James, Moore, A.J.Ayer, Russell, Sartre, Withgenstein, Husserl and Strawson.
The students of philosophy have to know the basic contemporary concept of Humanism, Existentialism, Phenomenalism, Logical Atomism, Refutation of Idealism, language game, Elimination of Metaphysics.
COs of the Course- Social and Political Philosophy, Course code-603
The course outcome of this paper is to understand the relation of philosophy with politics and society.
The student of philosophy need to known about the social nature of man, Group, Family, Individual and Society.
After completion of this course, the students know about the forms of Democracy, Concept of common good, justice and equality, relation between state and society, social progress etc.
COs of the Course- Psychology, Course code-604
Psychology is an academic and applied subject, involving the scientific study of mental functions and behaviour. After my study of psychology, the students gather knowledge about the sensation, perception, mind-body relationship, nervous system, learning methods, intelligent test.
After the completion of this course, the students got the idea about the basic concept of, Psychoanalysis theory, Gestaltism, Behaviouristic theory, Emotion theory, dream analysis.
The students come to know about the schools of psychology like-Child psychology, Educational psychology, Industrial Psychology, Abnormal Psychology.