Master Of Philosophy
The M. Ph. Course provides the students opportunities to philosophize in the Indian context and to specialise in a particular area of Philosophy, enabling them to attain a comprehensive synthesis of various philosophical disciplines. The course is meant to deepen, widen and complement the studies done at the B. Ph. level and to train those who might be engaged in teaching. TheM. Ph. degree of St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute qualifies the candidates for admission to Doctorate in Philosophy in all ecclesiastical Universities.
a) The course covers two years of intense study
b) Eight compulsory major courses of 2 credits each.
c) Ten electives of 2 credits each.
d) Three seminars.
e) Language Courses: A classical language (e.g., Greek or Sanskrit) in the area of specialization, and a modern foreign language (German, French or Italian).
f) One dissertation of ca. 100-150 pages in the field of specialization.
A. Major Courses
01. Analytical Philosophy G. Panthanmackel 30
02. Gandhian Philosophy of Life Joseph Francis B. 30
03. Concept of Man Denis D’Souza 30
04. Social Ethics of John Paul II Richard Britto 30
05.Critical Phil. of God Denis D’Souza 30
06.Upanishadic Exegesis Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
07.Philosophy of Saiva-siddhanta Gerard Pushparaj 30
08.Philosophy of Virasaivism Richard Britto 30
09.Buddhist World Vision Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
10.Process Philosophy K. Kachapilly 30
11.Post-Modernism Henry Jose K. 30
Eugene Newman Joseph 30
01. Philosophy of History Joseph Francis B. 30
02. Phil. of Values–East & West A. Kolenchery 30
03. Philosophical Anthropology Richard Britto 30
04. Fides et Ratio Denis D’Souza 30
05. Phil. of the Bhagavad Gita Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
06. Science and Philosophy Richard Britto 30
07. Linguistic Phil.of
Wittgenstein Henry Jose K. 30
08. Environmental Ethics Richard Britto 30
09. Textual Study of
“Mystery of Being” Denis D’Souza 30
10. Bio-Ethics Richard Britto 30
11. Phil. of Teilhard de Chardin Henry Jose K. 30
12. Indian Hermeneutics Joseph Ethakuzhy 30
01. Abnormal Psychology Gerard Pushparaj
02. Globalization Eugene Newman Joseph
03. Karma: East and West Antony Kolenchery
04. Psychopathology Eugene Newman Joseph
MPM 02 Gandhian Philosophy of the Human Being, the
Human Being’s Life in this world and relation
towards the truth-God 2 Cr
Though Gandhi never claimed to be a Philosopher, he was an acclaimed practical philosopher of life and as such a discussion is initiated as to how he looks upon a human being, human solidarity as a basis for all his actions towards his fellow human beings, their inalienable dignity and the disabilities he is saddled with, in the course of his life and how these could be addressed and set right. His philosophy of Satyagraha is examined along with his repeated preaching of ahimsa towards all. Amidst all these be had an idea of God and developed his won attitude towards God, towards organized religion. The developments in his thoughts would be studied according to different stages of his colourful life.
Bibliography: The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi vol. 1-100, New Delhi: Publication Divison, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Joseph Francis Backianadan, Love in the Life and Works of Mahatma Gandhi, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. and Bangalore: St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 1991.
Joseph Francis B.
MPM 03 The Concept of Man 2 Cr
In Anthropology the fundamental questions today are: Who am I? Why am I thrown into the world? Does my life come to an end with death? This course tries to answer these and similar questions, by exploring the findings of philosophers.
Bibliography: Sumner Claude, Philosophy of Man, 3 Vols. Bangalore: TPI, 1989; Barbo Francesca Rivetti , Philosophy of Man: an Outline, Rome: Hortus Conclusus, 2001.
MPM 04 Social Ethics of John Paul II 2 Cr
This course is designed with a professional interest in the areas of social well-being and the common good. The course aims to deepen understanding of the philosophical basis of good social living and to enhance the ability to think systematically about the ethically challenging social situations that we face in our social relationships. Special emphasis on papal and other magisterial references to Social nature of human person, community building, common good and solidarity as the virtue, value and goal of social relations. Special area of focus is the social concerns of John Paul II and his promotion of socio-political and economical institutions with a new vision towards globalization without marginalization.
Bibliography: John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens (14 September 1981), AAS 73(1981) 577-647; ApostolicExhortation Familiaris Consortio (22 November 1981), AAS 74 (1982) 81-191; Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (30 December 1987), AAS 80 (1988) 513-586; Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem (15 August 1988), AAS 80 (1988) 1653-1729; Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici (30 December 1988), AAS 81(1989) 393-521; Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus (1 May 1991), AAS 83 (1991) 793-867; Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor (6 August 1993), AAS 85 (1993) 1133-1228; Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem (15 August 1988), AAS 80 (1988) 1653-1729; Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici (30 December 1988), AAS 81(1989) 393-521; Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995), AAS 87 (1995) 401-522. Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio (14 September 1998), AAS 91 (1999) 5- 88; Apostolic Letter Il Rapido Sviluppo (24 January 2005), AAS 97 (2005) 265-274; Perennial Philosophy of St. Thomas for the Youth of Our Times, Angelicum 57 (1980) 136-146; Crossing the Threshold of Hope. New York: Knopf, Inc. 1994; The Wisdom of John Paul II. San Francisco : Harper SanFrancisco, 1995; The Gospel of Life: A Message of Hope. London: Fount, 1995. Karol Wojtyla, Participation and Alienation, The Year Book of Phenomenological Research: Analecta Husserliana 6 (1977) 61-74; The Acting Person. Subject and Community, The Review of Metaphysics 33 (1979) 2: 273-308; The Sign of Contradiction. New York: Seabury, 1979; The Acting Person, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Città del Vaticano 1982; Person and Community: Collected Essays. New York: Lang 1993. Accattoli L., John Paul II: Man of the Millennium. Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 2000. Baum G.- Elisberg R., The Logic of Solidarity: Commentaries on Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical, “On Social Concerns., Maryknoll: Orbis, 1989. Beigel G., Faith and Social Justice in the Teachings of Pope John Paul II. New York: Peter Lang, 1997. Biffi F., The Social Gospel of Pope John Paul II: A Guide to the Encyclicals on Human Work and theAuthentic Development of Peoples. Rome: Pontifical Lateran University, 1989.
MPM 05 Critical Philosophy of God 2 Cr
The most debated question today is: What do you mean by God? The core meaning of onto-theology is that God is reduced to a Being. This course aims at critically exploring God-concepts elucidated by philosophers and finding out new ways in which God’s nature, existence and relationship at the world can be understood as accessible to human reason without explicit reference to supernatural revelation.
Bibliography: Kachappilly Kurian, (ed.), God-Talk, Contemporary Trends and Trials, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2006; Davies Brian, Thinking about God, London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1985.
Denis D’ Souza
MPM 06 Upanisadic Exegesis 2 Cr
The Upanisads constitute the lofty philosophy of India. Besides being intensely philosophical in nature, they are rich in socio-religious and spiritual content. They have indeed played a leading role in the development of Indian Philosophy through the centuries. In this course, the fundamental teachings of the Upanisads such as the non-duality of Atman and Brahman, the Mahavakyas, the concepts of bondage and liberation are taken up. A detailed textual analysis of one of the principal Upanisads is also part of this study.
Bibliography: Radhakrishnan S., The Principal Upanisads, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1953. Hume R.E., The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968. Deussen P., The Philosophy of the Upanisads, New York: Dover,1966. Ranade R.E., A Constructive Survey of Upanishadic Philosophy, Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1968. Rawson J.N., The Katha Upanisad, London: Oxford University Press, 1934. Ranganathananda Swami, The Message of the Upanisads, Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1968. Thachil J., The Upanisads: A Socio-Religious Appraisal, New Delhi: Intercultural Publications, 1993. Nikhilananda Swami, The Upanishads, New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1964.
MPM 07 Philosophy of Saiva-siddhanta 2 Cr
Even though Siva is one of the oldest deities being worshipped in human society, large portions of Saivism’s philosophical and mythic tradition remain untranslated and unexplored. Its ritual life, poetry, symbol systems, and mystical heritage have yet to be fully comprehended even by the most sensitive and conscientious of scholars; the processes by which Saivism has changed in history, has adopted to cultural and societal factors and has, in turn shaped society, the arts, and history can yet give social scientists and humanists alike insight into the dynamics of religion’s persistence and change in the history of man. This course offers insight into the historical background of and basic teachings of Saiva Siddhānta and the aspect of love in Saiva Siddhānta.
Bibliography: Clothey Fred W., Experiencing Śiva, New Delhi: Manohar Publishing House, 1983. Dhavamany Mariasusai, Love of God according to Śaiva-siddhānta, Oxford:Clarendon Press, 1971. Devasenapathi V.A., Śaiva Siddhānta, Chennai: University of Madras, 1966.
Gerard Pushparaj C.
MPM 08 Vīraśaivism: A Philosophical and Religious System of Saivism 2 Cr
This course of two credits presents with the detailed information on the origin and development of the philosophy of Virasaivism as well as deals with its emergence as Lingayatism; a popular Hindu religious sect in Karnataka. Though the doctrinal origin of Virasaivism is attributed to Panca Acaryas, the movement was popularized in the 12th century A.D. by Basavanna and other sivasaranas, the socio-religious seers who saw beyond their own time and developed its own philosophical and religious structures and metaphysical concepts. The philosophy of Virasaivism is monism, called as Saktivisisadvaita. Accordingly, for a Virasaivite, Sactala is the body, Pancacara is the life breath and Astavaranas is the soul. This involves treading the path of righteousness, worshiping Istalinga and following the path of Kāyaka and Dāsoha for achieving the spiritual perfection. The course also involves the task of exegetical and hermeneutical analysis of Vacanas.
Bibliography : Basavanal S.S., Sri Basavannanavara Satsthalada Vacanagalu. Dharwar: Sahitya Samiti, Linigayat Vidyabhivrddhi Saunsthe, Lingayat Bhavan, 1962. Basavaraj D., Kalyana Vacana. Mysore: Sarana Prakasana Karyalaya, 1946. Halakatti P.G.(ed.), The Va ana Sastra Sara. Vol.I, Vijapur: H.C. Press, 1931. Aiyar Narayana C.V., Origin and Early History of Saivism in South India. Madras: Madras University, 1939. Bhattacharya B., Saivism and the Phallic World. Vols I & II, New Delhi: Oxford & IBH Publishing Co., 1975. Blake Michael R., The Origin of Virasaiva Sects. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1992. Brown C.P, et.al., (eds),12th Century Revolution for Equality and Social Justice. Bangalore: Jagajyoti Trust, 2003. Ishwaran K., Religion and Society among the Lingayats of South India. New Delhi: Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 1983.Nandimath R.C., Handbook of Virashaivism. New Delhi: Motilal Banarasidas Publishers, 1979.Sakhare M.R., History and Philosophy of Lingayat Religion. Dharwad, Karnataka University,1978. Schouten J.P., Revolution of the Mystics. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas Publishers, 1995.
MPM 09 Buddhist World Vision 2 Cr
Buddhism is both a philosophy and a religion. In the course of time, it has become a way of life for the people and its world-view is finding an ever greater acceptance today. The Buddhist philosophy and religion has a strong influence in the East and receives an increasing attention in the West. This course deals with the Buddhist vision on reality – man, world and liberation as taught by its founder and developed by its various schools.
Bibliography: Thomas E.J., The Life of Buddha as Legend and History, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1949. Davids T.W. Rhys, Buddhism: Its History and Literature, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1896. Grimm George, The Doctrine of the Buddha, the Religion of Reason and Meditation, (ed.) Keller-Grimm and Max Hope, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1994. Pandey G. C., Buddhist Studies in India, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1975. _____ Studies in the Origins of Buddhism, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1983. Pandit Moti Lal, The Fundamentals of Buddhism, Delhi: ISPCK, 1979.
MPM 12 Counseling Psychology 2 Cr
Counseling psychology is unique in its attention both to normal developmental issues and to problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders. Counseling psychology as a psychological specialty facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice, and with sensitivity to multicultural issues, this specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress andmaladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives.
Bibliography: Gelso, C., & Fretz, B. (2001). Counseling Psychology (2nd ed.). Fort Worth: Harcourt College Publishers; Brown, S.D., & Lent, R.W. (2000). Handbook of Counseling Psychology (3rd ed.). New York: J. Wiley & Sons; Woolfe, R., Dryden, W., & Strawbridge, S. (Eds.). Handbook of Counseling Psychology (2nd ed.). (2003). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Eugene Newman Joseph
MPE 01 Philosophy of History 2 Cr
This brief course is more in the nature of introduction to the topic and highlighting the relevant problem confronting the writing of history. What is objective and subjective in historiography? Is it verifiable? How far is it scientific? Can we ever succeed in reaching the events as they occurred and describe them consistent with reality? Is there a political twist to writing history? Do vested interests play a part in concocting history? What are the norms of truth that could topple such attempts? The epistemological problems connected with the question will be pointed out. The history of Philosophy of history will be described briefly judging impartially (to the extent possible)the attempts made by many who tried to interpret history with varied success.
Bibliography: Marrou Henri, The Meaning of History,Dublin: Helicon, 1966. Carr E.H., What is History? Victoria: Penguin Books, 1964. Gardiner Patrick (ed.), Theories of History, New York: The Free Press, 1959. D’Arcy M.C., The Meaning and Matter of History,a Christian View, New York: Meridian Books, 1961. ________, The Sense of History: Secular & Sacred, London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1959. Simmel Georg, The Problems of Philosophy of History, New York: The Free Press, 1977. Mundadan A.M., History & Beyond, Aluva: Jeevass Publications, 1997. Hegel W., The Philosophy of History, New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1956. _________ Introduction to Philosophy of History, Indiana: Hackett, 1989. Collingwood R.G., The Ideaof History, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993. Kanichai Cyriac, R.G. Collingwood’s Philosophy of History, Alwaye: PITP, 1981.
Joseph Francis B.
MPE 03 Philosophical Anthropology 2 Cr
The course studies philosophically the nature and value of “being human” understood as “an Incarnate Spirit”. It aims at answering the basic question on human person: What is it to be human? Who is a human person? Why to be human? The content of the course is: Definition, method and history of philosophical anthropology; the human existence, human life and the meaning of human life; human person a transcendental being; human person unity of body and soul; the sensual and intellectual knowledge; the value of freedom, will and love; the role of language, work and culture in human existence; the death and final destiny of human person.
Bibliography: Aristotle, The Complete Works of Aristotle. Edited by Bernes. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984. Aquinas T., The Collected Works of St. Thomas Aquinas. CD-ROM. Darwin C., The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. 1859. Donceel J.F., Philosophical Anthropology. London: Sheed and Ward, 1995. Eccles J.C., The Human Mystery. Berlin: Springer International, 1970. Frankl, V., Man’s Search for Meaning. New York: Pocket Books, 1977. Heschel A., Who Is Man? Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1965. Lucas R., Man- Incarnate Spirit: A. Philosophy of Man Compendium. Torino: Circle Press, 2005. Simpson G., This View of Life: The Word of an Evolutionist. New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1964.
MPE 04 Fides et Ratio 2 Cr
This course analyses the 13th Encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II, promulgated on 14th September 1998. The central concern of the Encyclical is to highlight the role of Reason in the search oftruth. That is why the Holy Father begins this document saying, “Faith and Reason are like the two wings of a bird”. This study helps us to build a bridge between faith and reason, philosophy and theology.
MPE 05 The Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita 2 Cr
The Bhagavad Gita, the Lord’s Song is one of the most popular and influential religious texts of India. This course deals with the socio-religious and philosophical contents of the Gita and examines their meaning and relevance for our times. The Gita has a message for the contemporary human in his/her struggle to attain liberation from all forms of bondage. The course analyses the God-Human-World vision of the Gita. The way (marga)of salvation/liberation is presented as a synthesis (yoga) of knowledge (jnana), action (karma) and devotion (bhakti).
Bibliography: Aurobindo, Sri, Essays on the Gita¸Pondicherry: Aurobindo Ashram, 1966. Chidbhavananda Swami, The Bhagavad Gita, Tirupparaitturai: Sri Ramkrishna Tapovanam, 1969. Edgerton F., The Bhagavad Gita, Havard: Havard University Press, 1964. Radhakrishnan, S., The Bhagavad Gita, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1948. Zaehner, R. C., The Bhagavadgita, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969.
MPE 09 “Mystery of Being” 2 Cr
Being or Existence is a fundamental concern of Man. Though being is intelligible, it has its existence independent of human knowledge. Though being cries out to be known, it refuses to be known comprehensively and exhaustively. It is because of this nature of being escapes all definitions. Since we cannot exhaust a being we call it a mystery. In the first part, the treatise deals with the understanding of two fundamental terms: Mystery and Being. The second part leads the student to find his meaning in relation to theInfinite Being leading to a deeper perception of Theodicy.
Bibliography: Owens Joseph, Christian Metaphysics, Houston: University of St. Thomas, 1963. Bracken Joseph, The One in the Many, Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2001. B. Joseph Francis, The Philosophy of Being, Bangalore: St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 2005. Panthenmackel George, One-In-Many, Bangalore: SFS Publication,1993. _________ Coming and Going, Bangalore: ATC, 1999.
MPE 10 Bioethics 2 Cr
His course is a two credit course which provides the students with the fundamentals of Bioethics together with religious, legal and ethical approaches to Biotechnology. The study also consists in critically examining the approaches of Deontology, Consequentialism, Utilitarianism, Teleology, Proportionality and personalistic ethics. It also provides opportunities to study concrete cases and situations within Clinical ethics. Since the earth is the home of humanity, it also deals with environmental ethics in reference to the interdependence of human life and the environmental health.
Bibliography: Thomas A. S., An Introduction to Bioethics. New York: Paulist Press, 1979. Warren T. R. (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Bioethics. New York: The Free Press, 1979. Broad C.D., Five Types of Ethical Theories. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967. Dubey R.C., A Text of Biotechnology. New Delhi: S. Chand & co. Ltd., 2003. Kanniyakonil S., The Fundamentals of Bioethics: Legal Perspectives and Ethical Approaches. Kottayam: Oriental Institute of Religious Studies India, 2007.
MPS 01 Abnormal Psychology 2 Cr
This field of Psychology describes and explains the behavior of abnormal people in relation to their own environment. The causes, symptoms and treatment of abnormalities form the subject matter of this branch of study.
Bibliography: Coleman James C., Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, Bombay: Taraporevala Sons and Co. Private Ltd. 1970; Nolen – Hoeksema Susan, Abnormal Psychology, Boston; Mcgraw Hill, 2001; Sue David et al, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1990.
Gerard Pushparaj C.
MPS 03 Globalization 2 Cr
Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. This process has effects on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world. This current wave of globalization has been driven by policies that have opened economies domestically and internationally. Taking advantage of new opportunities in foreign markets, corporations have built foreign factories and established production and marketing arrangements with foreign partners. A defining feature of globalization, therefore, is an international industrial and financial business structure. Globalization has taken the present form of amazing speed. This speedy change that was started in recent years is the latest phase of this process which is as old as humanity itself.
Bibliography: Paul, H. & Thompson, G. (1999). Globalization in Question. Cambridge: Polity Press; Saskia, S. & Appiah, K. A. (Eds). (1999). Globalization and Its Discontents: Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money. New York: NewPress; Steger, M. B. (2004). Globalization the New Market Ideology. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
Eugene Newman Joseph
MPS 04 Psychopathology 2 Cr
Psychopathology is the systematic study of abnormal experience, cognition and behaviour. It is the science concerned with the pathology of the mind and behavior and the study of the products of a disordered mind. It is the most common term which refers to either the study of mental illness or mental distress, the manifestation of behaviours and experiences which may be indicative of psychological impairment. As a science of mental and behavioral disorders it includes psychiatry and abnormal psychology. The explanatory psychopathologies are assumed explanations according to theoretical constructs, and descriptive psychopathology is the precise description and categorization of abnormal experiences as recounted by the patient and observed in his behaviour.
Bibliography: Fee, D. (Ed.). (2000). Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Maxmen, J. S. & Ward, N. G. (1995). Essential Psychopathology and Its Treatment (2nd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company; Barlow, D. H. & Durand, V. M. (2004). Abnormal Psychology (4th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Eugene Newman Joseph
Syllabus 2011 - 2012
I Semester (July-September 2011)
S. Code Subject Professor Hours
MPM 01 Analytic Philosophy G.Panthanmackel 30
MPM 07 Phil.of Saiva-siddanta G.Pushparaj 30
MPM 08 Phil. of Virasaivism R. Britto 30
MPM 12 Counseling Psychology Eugene N.Joseph 30
MPE 05 Phil. of the Bh. Gita J.Ethakuzhy 30
MPE 11 Phil. of Teilhard
de Chardin Henry Jose K. 30
MPS 03 Karma: East and West A.Kolenchery
II Semester (Oct. 2011-Mar. 2012)
MPM 09 Buddhist World Vision J.Ethakuzhy 30
MPM 10 Process Philosophy K.Kachapilly 30
MPE 01 Philosophy of History J. Francis B. 30
MPE 04 Fides et Ratio D. D’Souza 30
MPE 08 Environmental Ethics R.Britto 30
MPS 02 Globalization Eugene N. Joseph
Evaluation of Courses
Presentation of Dissertation
The candidate has to register his topic of dissertation by submitting to the Registrar the duly filled-in form of registration after having obtained the signature of his / her moderator.
Dissertation should be typed in white paper of good quality and sufficient opacity. All sheets of paper used should be of the same quality. Manifold paper should not be used.
“A4” size paper should be used for dissertation. The text of the dissertation should be typed with 1.5 line spacing, except in the case where quotations are given in indent. A space of 1.5" on the left margin and a space of 1" on the right margin should be kept. A space of 1" should be kept on the top and the bottom of the page. Dissertation should be typed only on one side of the paper.
Number of pages: The dissertation should be of 100-200 pages. This page limit, does not include the Bibliography