Updated on Mar 14, 2022 06:37 IST
Arpta Singh

Arpta SinghSenior Executive – Content

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.

Confused about which Course & Career to choose?
Take Shiksha Career Test and make the right Course & Career decision!
Get Unique Recommendations based on your Personality, Hidden Strengths and Natural Abilities

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

>> Check More Colleges

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.

Popular Philosophy Colleges in India

Following are the most popular Philosophy Colleges in India. Learn more about these Philosophy colleges (Courses, Reviews, Answers & more) by downloading the Brochure.
70 K - 1.02 L
3.56 - 5.7 LPA

#5 Shiksha Collections

4.5 K
1.0
3.65 K
3 LPA
64.24 K
3.85 LPA
2 Courses
13.8 K
4.3 LPA

#32 The Week

4 Courses
1.93 K - 6.29 K
1.2 - 2.4 LPA

Popular Private Philosophy Colleges in India

2.13 L
1 Course
9.41 L
6 L
30 K - 2.05 L
6.3 - 10 LPA
2.22 L
4 Courses
15 L

#3 Shiksha Collections

Popular Philosophy UG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Philosophy UG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these UG Courses by clicking the links below.

UG Courses

Popular Philosophy PG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Philosophy PG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these PG Courses by clicking the links below.

PG Courses

Popular Philosophy Specializations in India

Following are the most popular Philosophy Specializations . You can explore the top Colleges offering these Specializations by clicking the links below.

Popular Specializations

Comments

Which are the institutes in India for MA in philosophy via distance mode?

Reply to Barun sakhajee

42775719
Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

a week ago

M.A. Philosophy Distance Education Colleges In India:1. University of Kerala : School of Distance Education, Thiruvananthapuram2. Andhra University School of Distance Education, Visakhapatnam3. Bangalore University Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education, Bangalore4. Bharathi...M.A. Philosophy Distance Education Colleges In India:
1. University of Kerala : School of Distance Education, Thiruvananthapuram
2. Andhra University School of Distance Education, Visakhapatnam
3. Bangalore University Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education, Bangalore
4. Bharathidasan University Centre for Distance Education, Tiruchirappalli
5. Osmania University PGRR Centre for Distance Education, Hyderabad
6. University of Calicut School of Distance Education, Kozhikode
7. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
Miranda House, New Delhi
8. Indraprastha College for Women, New Delhi
9. Loyola College, Chennai
10. Hindu College, New Delhi
Hope it helps.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. in Aesthetics & Beauty Therapy at DSEU.

Reply to Rashmi Khanna

42540677
Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

2 weeks ago

Dear aspirant
It's great connecting with you.
To know about the cutoff,
please visit the official website of the college or university. If the cutoff has been released then there you will get the complete list of cutoff for the respective course.
Thank you

I want to study philosophy, language and psychology after BBA. Is it possible?

Reply to vishakhakhasehrawat

P

Pappu Kumar Mahato

Contributor-Level 8

3 weeks ago

Yes, you can surely do that. These courses are available online course on the website for Masters's philosophy and psychology language after any graduation degree.

41960559
Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

4 weeks ago

Yes, you can definitely go for a psychology course or degree after completing your B.A.
Thank you.

I am a non doctor I want to enter in the field of skin aesthetics so, I need career guidance?

Reply to Megha Pahade

7986541
Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

a month ago

To become a skin aesthetic, you require specialized training at a skin aesthetic school or a cosmetology training center with skincare as a specialized course. You will learn knowledge about various treatments for skin. Some of the courses in skin aesthetic training are listed below:Investigation...To become a skin aesthetic, you require specialized training at a skin aesthetic school or a cosmetology training center with skincare as a specialized course. You will learn knowledge about various treatments for skin. Some of the courses in skin aesthetic training are listed below:
Investigation & treatment of skin in various conditions
Wart & Skin Tag Removal
Chemical peels
Advance Chemicals Peels
Acne treatment
LASERS in Cosmetology Science
Non-Surgical Face Uplift
Micro-crystal technology
Skin Enhancing
Face tightening & rejuvenation.

Can I do MA in Philosophy from BHU, if I have done BA (Hons) in Psychology?

Reply to Vidisha Chauhan

P

Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

a month ago

Yes why not, you can do it.

I want to know about the fee structure at Institute of Professional Studies (IPS, Meerut) for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (Part Time).

Reply to Soumya v r

I want to know about the fee structure at SOA - Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Reply to Dattatraya Samal

40517947
Dr Uma Sinha

Scholar-Level 17

2 months ago

I want to know about the admission process at MDSU Ajmer for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Reply to Chandrika

P

Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

2 months ago

To take admission in P.hd there is an entrance exam and interview.

Can I know which are good UG courses around history and Archeology?

Reply to BS Muralidhar

40512539
Ratnakar Mishra

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

In my point of view, the research part of archaeology will be better than history as you will enjoy the process of learning things instead of learning only the textbook knowledge you will get to know the practical implementations as well.

Find insights & recommendations on colleges and exams that you won't find anywhere else

On Shiksha, get access to

  • 71k Colleges
  • 833 Exams
  • 291k Reviews
  • 750k Answers

We use cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.