Philosophy, which derives from the Greek word ‘Philosophia’, means the ‘Love for Wisdom’, is the study of questioning life and its meaning. Philosophy studies the general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and languages. There is a critical discussion, questioning, rational argument and systematic presentation.

A question which has been coming down since ages ‘Is it possible to know anything and to prove it?’. Such questions are answered in a practical, logical and rational way and the study of Philosophy helps students discover the meaning of life and its existence. From Greek Philosopher Aristotle’s theories to Isaac Newton’s Law of Gravity, universities have aimed to research more on philosophy and other disciplines, to professionalise and specialize in a specific field.

Major sub-fields in Philosophy are as follows:

Sub-Field

Description

Metaphysics

Deals with the fundamental nature of reality and being. Questions subjects related to existence and what is the cause for existence.

Epistemology

Deals with Nature and Ground of Knowledge, its limits and its validity, justification, the rationality of belief and various related issues,

Ethics

Involves systemizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong behaviour.

Aesthetics

Deals with the nature of beauty and taste, as well as the philosophy of art which comes out aesthetic.

Political Philosophy

The study of topics such as liberty, justice, property, rights, laws and the enforcement of laws by the authority: what they are, why are they needed and the purpose.

Logic

The study of the forms and inference i.e the relations which lead to the acceptance of one proposition and the analysis and appraisal of arguments.

Philosophy of Science

Deals with the foundation, methods, implications of science. Study of what qualifies as science, the reliability of scientific theories and the ultimate purpose of science.

People who have played an important role in the study of Philosophy

Plato

Aristotle

Aquinas

Descartes

Locke

Hume

Kant

Karl Marx

Sartre

Nietzsche

Required Skills for Philosophy

Given below in the table are the list of skillset for Philosophy candidates:

Skillset for Philosophy Candidates

Curious

Inquisitive

Interested

Dedicated

Passionate

Avid Reader

Analytical

Enthusiastic

Devoted

Fanatical

Dogmatic

Opinionated

Courses Offered in Philosophy

Candidates can check the below given table to know about the courses offered in Philosophy:

Course

Duration

Eligibility Criteria

BA in Philosophy

3-Years

The candidate should have done their class 12 from a recognised board and should have secured a minimum of 45% marks.

MA in Philosophy

2-Years

The candidate should have done their graduation in a BA Programme or BA (Hons) in any discipline and should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate marks.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

2-Years

The candidate should have secured a minimum of 60% in their Master’s in any field from a recognised university.

PhD

2-Years

The candidate should have done their MA in Philosophy or MPhil from a recognized university.

Philosophy Admission Process

Chose University/College: The first step is to search for colleges or universities which are offering the programme and course you are interested in. Check the fees, the seats offered, eligibility criteria which is set for the course.

Apply for Course: Proceed to apply for admission after getting to know the university offering the programme and course. Fill up the details as required and pay the application fee. The application forms are available for a limited period of time so the candidate is advised to know the details way in advance.

Mode of Admission: Universities and Colleges will either conduct entrance exams for admission or offer admission through merit. For postgraduate courses, the candidate will have to appear for an entrance exam. For MPhil and PhD, entrance exams are conducted.

Results: Selected and qualified candidates make the merit list. The student has to get the desired rank and percentage, to be eligible for admission.

Counselling: The candidate will have to appear for the counselling session conducted at the university to book their seat, submit their documents and pay the fees to seal admission.

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BA Philosophy Syllabus

As prescribed by the Delhi University, here is the Syllabus for BA Philosophy

Semester – I

Paper I – Indian Philosophy

Paper II – Logic

Semester – II

Paper III – Greek Philosophy

Paper IV – Ethics

Semester – III

Paper V – Western Philosophy

Paper VI – Social and Political Philosophy

Paper – VII – Applied Ethics

Semester – IV

Paper VIII – Text if Indian Philosophy

Paper IX – Text of Western Philosophy

Paper X – Truth Functional Logic: Propositional and Predicate

 

Semester – V

Paper XI – Analytical Philosophy

Paper XII – Continental Philosophy

Semester – VI

Paper XIII – Philosophy of Religion (Indian and Western)

Paper XIV – Philosophy of Language (Indian & Western)

Discipline-Specific Elective (DSE)

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Logic

Knowledge and Skepticism

Aesthetics

Indian Theories of Consciousness

Philosophy of Law

Indian Materialism

Top Colleges offering Philosophy Course

Given below in the table are the list of top colleges offering Philosophy

Top Colleges for Philosophy Course

Nizam College

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)

Nalanda University

Amity University

JNU

Presidency University

University of Hyderabad

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FAQs on Philosophy

Q. What are the job roles available for philosophy graduates?

A. After pursuing Philosophy, candidates can work in the filed of law, teaching, publishing, Politics and Public Policy, Public Relations etc. 

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for BA in Philosophy?

A. In order to pursue BA in Philosophy, candidates should have passed their 10+2 from a recognised board with a minimum of 45% marks.

Q. Is philosophy good for HR?

A. Yes, developing a strong sense of HR philosophy can help in improving the HR management skills as they can connect more effectively with employees with HR philosophy.

Q. What are the sectors of work for Philosophy degree holders?

A. Candidates can get job in sectors like private, public, and non-profit sectors with Philosophy degree.

Q. Is philosophy a good career in India?

A. Yes, philosophy is a good career choice as it provides both education and professional qualitification. It increases the door of job opportunities for candidates. 

Q. What are the top colleges offering Philosophy courses in India?

A. Some of the popular colleges offering Philosophy courses in India are University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Nizam College, Nalanda University, JNU, Amity University and many more. 

Q. What are the important skills required for Philosophy candidates?

A. Some of the important skills needed for the Philosophy candidates are interest, dedication, avid reader, passion, enthusiasm, devotion etc. 

Q. Who are the important personalities in the field of Philosophy?

A. Some of the popular personalities in the field of philosophy are Kant, Plato, Sartre, Aristotle ans many more.

Q. What are the popular courses offered in the field of Philosophy?

A. Popular courses offered in the field of Philosophy are BA in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), PhD in Philosophy etc.

Q. What are the sub-fields of Philosophy?

A. Major sub-fields of Philosophy are Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science. 

Q. What do philosophers do?

A. The role of a Philosopher is to contributes to dIfferent branches of philosophy like ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of science, epistemology, logic, metaphysics etc.

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Comments

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for MA in Philosophy at PRSU University.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

21 hours ago

Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University admits students to the MA course on the basis of their performance in the graduation exam. The admissions to the M.A. in Philosophy course were closed last year, and therefore there is no latest cutoff or merit list available on its official website.You can ch...Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University admits students to the MA course on the basis of their performance in the graduation exam. The admissions to the M.A. in Philosophy course were closed last year, and therefore there is no latest cutoff or merit list available on its official website.
You can check the merit list for the M.A. in Philosophy's fourth semester exam at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/university/prsu-pandit-ravishankar-shukla-university-raipur-1626/cutoff
The admission process is expected to begin in the month of March at PRSU.

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Jagadish Buddanola

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

The latest cutoff information for M.A. in Philosophy at PRSU University is 75 to 95 percentage and fee structure is approximately 8k to 12k per year excluding semester fees

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Which publications and writers are the best for B.A. HONOURS PHILOSOPHY academic syllabus?

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deepika maurya

Contributor-Level 10

a week ago

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy course is of three years duration, and generally, each academic year is divided into 2 semesters. The UG course in philosophy is designed in a way that includes both Indian and Western philosophy, which form part of the core courses. Apart from the core courses,...The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy course is of three years duration, and generally, each academic year is divided into 2 semesters. The UG course in philosophy is designed in a way that includes both Indian and Western philosophy, which form part of the core courses. Apart from the core courses, candidates also have to study a min of 2 concurrent courses, out of which at least one is a language paper. A list of the best books for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy is mentioned below.
1- The Republic by Plato.
2- Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle.
3- The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.
4- On Liberty by John Stuart Mill.
5- The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt. However, you can get these books online or purchase them from a local store. For more information, you may visit the Shiksha Philosophy overview page. (https://www.shiksha.com/humanities-social-sciences/philosophy-chp). I hope this will help you.

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Ruhi Jalgaonkar

Contributor-Level 6

2 weeks ago

If you are a student of B.A. (Hons) philosophy, here are must-read books that help you develop a diverse perspective:
1. The Republic by Plato
2. Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
3. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
4. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
5. The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt.

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Where can I buy B.A. Honors philosophy books in Bhopal?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

Most course books, as mentioned in the B.A. Honors Philosophy curriculum, can be purchased online. You can search the author's name on the internet, and then order online from top apps like Amazon or Flipkart to have all books delivered to your door. If you are looking to buy your books offline f...Most course books, as mentioned in the B.A. Honors Philosophy curriculum, can be purchased online. You can search the author's name on the internet, and then order online from top apps like Amazon or Flipkart to have all books delivered to your door. If you are looking to buy your books offline from a book store, here is a list of a few bookstores in Bhopal:
1. Book Palace in Area colony
2. New Rajeev Prakashan in Ibrahimpura
3. Vidhyarthi Book Depot in Kasturba Nagar
4. Shiksha Book Point
5. Garg Book Depot
You can simply find the nearest bookstore on Google, and you can also call owners through their online details to know if all books are available at their store.

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Ruhi Jalgaonkar

Contributor-Level 6

2 weeks ago

Variety Book Store
E-5/13, Link Road No. 3, Devika Petrol Pump, Bittan Market, Board Colony, Area Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462016.

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What are the "Must reads (books)" If I'm in BA Honors in philosophy?

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Jyotika Sharma

Contributor-Level 7

3 weeks ago

I have to say Plato's Republic. It has everything ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of art, moral psychology, and philosophy of education it is a great text to use as an introduction to our discipline.

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What do I do between B.A. Honours Philosophy or M.A. Philosophy? I'm in B.Com 2nd year now and want to become a Philosophy Professor.

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Phateh agrawal

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

Great think dhruv. Philosophy is best course and in current generation philosophy is very useful to people and you became a philosophy professor so you do M.A. . philosophy beacuse in case of professor you complete Masters so you choose M.A. . philosophy.

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I want to know about the fee structure at Rabindra Bharati University for M.A. in Philosophy.

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Dhiraj Munpria

Beginner-Level 4

a month ago

The fee structure at Rabindra Bharati University for M.A. in Philosophy is Rs.6000+ for 1st year.

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Which are the government colleges for BA Honors philosophy in Bhopal?

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Anukriti srivastava

Contributor-Level 7

a month ago

Hi, these are the top government colleges offering B.A. Honours philosophy in BhopalGovernment Hamidiya Arts & Commerce Degree CollegeGovernment Arts and Commerce Naveen CollegeShyama Prashad Mukharji gov. Science and Commerce Benazeer CollegeGovernment. Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls P. G. Autonom...Hi, these are the top government colleges offering B.A. Honours philosophy in Bhopal
Government Hamidiya Arts & Commerce Degree College
Government Arts and Commerce Naveen College
Shyama Prashad Mukharji gov. Science and Commerce Benazeer College
Government. Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls P. G. Autonomous College
Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya Bhopal
Sarojini Nadu government Girls' Post Graduate College, Bhopal.

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