UGC NET Syllabus for Philosophy | Sociology IQ
Unit – 1: Classical Indian: Epistemology and Metaphysics
1- Vedic and Upaniṣadic: Ṛta – the cosmic order, the divine and the human realms; the
centrality of the institution of yajῆa (sacrifice), theories of creation Ātman – Self ( and
not – self ), Jāgrat, Svapna, Susupti and turiya, Brahmaṇ.
2- Cārvāka : Pratyakṣa as the only pramāṇa, critique of anumāna and śabda,
Consciousness as epi-phenomenon.
3- Jainism : Concept of reality – sat, dravya, guṇa, paryāya, Jiva, ajiva, anekāntavāda,
syādvāda and nayavāda; theory of knowledge.
4- Buddhism : Four Noble Truths, Āstangika Mārga, Distinction between Brahmiṇic and
Śraminic traditions. Pratityasamutpāda, kṣaṇabhahgavāda, anātmavāda. Schools of
Buddhism : Vaibhāṣika, Sautrāntika, Yogacāra, Mādhyamika and Tibetan Buddhism.
5- Nyāya : Pramā and apramā, Theories of pramāṇa: pratyakṣa, anumāna, upamana,
śabda. Hetvabhāsa. Concept of God. Debate between Buddhism and Nyāya about
Pramāṇa-Vyavasthā and Pramāṇa Samplava. Anyathākhyati.
6- Vaiśeṣika : Concept of padārtha and its kinds, Asatkāryavāda, Kinds of Kāraṇa:
samavāyi, asamavāyi, and nimitta kāraṇa, paramaṇukaraṇavāda.
7- Sāṃkhya : Satkāryavāda, prakṛti and its evolutes, arguments for the existence of
prakṛti, nature of puruṣa, arguments for the existence and plurality of puruṣa,
relationship between puruṣa and prakṛti, atheism.
8- Yoga : Pataῆjali’s Theory of Pramāṇa, concept of ćitta and ćitta – vṛtti, stages of ćittbhumi, the role of God in Yoga.
9- Purva – Mimāṃsā : Pramāṇyavāda: Svatah-pramāṇyavāda and Paratah-pramāṇyavada,
Śruti and its importance, classification of śruti-vākyas, vidhi, niṣedha and arthavāda,
dharma, bhāvanā, śabda-nityavāda, Jāti, śaktivada; Kumārila and Prabhākara Schools of
Mimāṃsa and their major points of difference, triputi – samvit, jῆatatā, abhāva and
anupalabdhi, anvitadbhidhanavāda, abhihitanvayavāda, Theories of error: Akhyāti,
11- Advaita : Brahmaṇ, relation between Brahmaṇ and Ātman, three grades of sattā,
Adhyāsa, māya, Jiva, Vivartavāda, Anirvachniya-khyāti.
12- Viśiṣtādvaita : Saguṇa Brahmaṇ, refutation of māya, aprthaksiddhi pariṇāmavāda, Jiva,
bhakti and prapatti, Brahma-Pariṇāmavāda, Sat-khyāti.
13- Dvaita : Rejection of nirguṇa brahmaṇ and māya, bheda and sāksi, bhakti.
14- Dvaitavaita: Concept of Jῆānaswaroop, kinds of inanimate
15- Sudhadvaita: Concept of Avikrta-pariṇāmavāda.
Unit-2 : Classical Western:
Ancient, Medieval, and Modern : Epistemology and Metaphysics
Pre-Socratic Philosophers: Thales, Anaxagoras, Anaximenies, Ionians, Pythagoras, Parmenides,
Heraclitus and Democritus, The Sophists and Socrates
Plato and Aristotle:
1- Plato – Theory of knowledge, knowledge and opinion, theory of Ideas, the method of
dialectic, soul and God.
2- Aristotle – Classification of the sciences, the theoretical, the practical and the
productive, logic as an organon, critique of Plato’s theory of Ideas, theory of causation,
form and matter, potentiality and actuality, soul and God.
3- St. Augustine: Problem of Evil.
4- St. Anselm: Ontological argument.
5- St. Thomas Aquinas: Faith and Reason, Essence and Existence, the Existence of God.
Modern Western Philosophy:
6- Descartes : Conception of method , Criteria of truth, doubt and methodological
scepticism, cogito ergo sum, innate ideas, Cartesian dualism: mind and matter, proofs
for the existence of God, interactionism.
7- Spinoza : Substance, Attribute and Mode, the concept of ‘God or Nature’, Intellectual
love of God, parallelism, pantheism, three orders of knowing.
8- Leibnitz : Monadology, truths of reason and fact, innateness of ideas, proofs for the existence of God, principles of non – contradiction, sufficient reason and identity of
indiscernibles, the doctrine of pre -established harmony, problem of freedom.
9- Locke : Ideas and their classification, refutation of innate ideas, theory of substance, distinction between primary and secondary qualities, theory of knowledge, three grades
10- Berkeley : Rejection of the distinction between primary and secondary qualities,
immaterialism, critique of abstract ideas, esse est percipi, the problem of solipcism; God and self.
11- Hume : Impressions and ideas, knowledge concerning relations of ideas and knowledge
concerning matters of fact, induction and causality, the external world and the self,
personal identity, rejection of metaphysics, scepticism, reason and the passions.
12- Kant : The critical philosophy, classification of judgements, possibility of synthetic a priori judgements, the Copernican revolution, forms of sensibility, categories of understanding, the metaphysical and the transcendental deduction of the categories,
phenomenon and noumenon, the Ideas of Reason – soul, God and world as a whole,
rejection of speculative metaphysics.
13- Hegel : The conception of Geist (spirit), the dialectical method, concepts of being, non –being and becoming, absolute idealism, Freedom.
Unit – 3 : Indian Ethics
1- Concept of Purusārtha, Śreyas and Preyas
2- Varṇāshrama, Dharma, Sādhāraṇa Dharma
3- Ṛna and yajῆa, Concept of duty
4- Karma-yoga, Sthitprajῆa, Svadharma, Lokasaṃgraha
5- Apurva and Adṛṣta
6- Sādhya-Sādhana, Itikartavyata
7- Law of Karma: ethical implications
8- Ṛta and Satya
10- Astānga Yoga
11- Jainism: Samvara-nirjarā, Tri-ratṇa, Panch-vrata.
12- Buddhism: Upāya-Kaushal, Brahma-vihāra: matri, karuṇā, muditā, upeksha, bodhisattva
13- Carvaka’s Hedonism
Unit – 4 : Western Ethics
1- Concepts of Good, right, justice, duty, obligation, cardinal virtues, Eudaemonism,
Intuition as explained in Teleological and Deontological Theories.
2- Egoism, Altruism, Universalism
3- Subjectivism, Cultural Relativism, Super-naturalism.
4- Ethical realism and Intuitionism,
5- Kant’s moral theory: Postulates of morality, Good-will, Categorical Imperative, Duty, Mean and ends, Maxims.
6- Utilitarianism: principle of utility, problem of sanction and justification of morality, kinds of utilitarianism, Moral theories of Bentham, J. S. Mill, Sidgwick
7- Theories of Punishment
8- Ethical cognitivism and non-cognitivism: Emotivism, Prescriptivism, Descriptivism
Unit- 5 : Contemporary Indian Philosophy
Vivekananda: Practical Vedanta, Universal Religion, Religious Experience, Religious Rituals
Sri Aurobindo: Evolution, mind and supermind, Integral Yoga
Iqbal: Self, God, man and superman, Intellect and Intuition
Tagore: Religion of man, ideas on education, Concept of Nationalism
K. C. Bhattacharyya: Swaraj in ideas, Concept of Philosophy, subject as Freedom, the doctrineof Maya.
Radhakrishnan: Intellect and intuition, the Idealist view of life, concept of Universal Religion, Hindu view of life.
J. Krishnamurti: Conception of thought, Freedom from the known, analysis of self, Choiceless awareness
Gandhi: Truth, Non-violence, satyagraha, swaraj, critique of modern civilization.
Ambedkar: Annihilation of caste, philosophy of Hinduism, Neo-Buddhism
D.D. Upadhyaya: Integral Humanism, Advaita Vedanta, Purusartha
Narayana Guru: the spiritual freedom and social equality, one caste, one religion, one God.
Jyotiba Phule: Critical understanding of Caste-system.
M.N.Roy: Radical Humanism, Materialism
Maulana Azad: Humanism
Unit-6 : Recent Western Philosophy
Analytic and Continental Philosophy
Frege: Sense and Reference
Logical Positivism: Verification theory of meaning, Elimination of metaphysics, concept of
Moore: Distinction between Sense and Reference, Refutation of Idealism, Defense of commonsense, Proof of an External World.
Russell: Logical Atomism, Definite Descriptions, Refutation of Idealism
Wittgenstein: Language and Reality, Facts and objects, names and propositions, the picture theory, critique of private language, meaning and use, forms of life, notion of philosophy, Wittgensteinian Fideism, On Certainty.
Gilbert Ryle: Systematically misleading expressions, category mistake, concept of mind, critique of Cartesian dualism
A. J. Ayer: The Problem of Knowledge
W.V.O. Quine: Two Dogmas of Empiricism
H.P. Grice and P.F. Strawson: In Defense of a dogma
Phenomenology and Existentialism:
Husserl: Phenomenological Method, Philosophy as a rigorous science, Intentionality,
Phenomenological Reduction, Inter-subjectivity
Heidegger: The concept of Being (Dasein), Man as being in the world, critique of technological civilization
Kierkegaard: Subjectivity as Truth, Leap of faith
Sartre: Concept of Freedom, Bad-faith, Humanism
Morleau-Ponty: Perception, Embodied Consciousness
William James: Pragmatic Theories of Meaning and Truth, Varieties of Religious experience.
John Dewey: Concept of Truth, Common-faith, education
Nietzsche: Critique of Enlightenment, Will to Power, Genealogy of Moral
Richard Rorty: Critique of representationalism, Against Epistemological method, Edifying Philosophy
Immanuel Levinas: Ethics as a first philosophy, Philosophy of ‘other’
Unit- 7 : Social and Political Philosophy: Indian Mahabharata: Danda-niti, foundations, Rajdharma, Law and Governance, Narada’s Questions
to King Yudhisthir
Kautilya: Sovereignty, Seven Pillars of State-craft, State, Society, Social-life, State
administration, State economy, law and justice, internal security, welfare and external affairs
Kamandaki: Social order and State elements
Constitutional Morality, Secularism and Fundamental Rights
Constitutionalism, Total revolution, terrorism, Swadeshi, Satyagrah, Sarvodaya, Social
Democracy, State Socialism, Affirmative Action, Social Justice
Social Institutions: Family, Marriage, property, education and religion Colonialism
Unit- 8 : Social and Political Philosophy: Western Plato: Ideal State and Justice
Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau: Social Contract Theory
Isaiah Berlin: Conceptions of Liberty
Bernard Williams: Idea of Equality
Liberalism: Rawls; Distributive justice, Nozick; Justice as Entitlement, Dworkin; Justice as
equality; Amartya Sen: Global Justice, Freedom and Capability.
Marxism: Dialectical Materialism, Alienation, Critique of Capitalism, Doctrine of Class Struggle
and Classless Society.
Communitarianism: Communitarian critique of liberal self, Universalism Vs. Particularism,
Theory of Charles Taylor, MacIntyre, Michael Sandel
Multiculturalism: Charles Taylor; Politics of recognition, Will Kymlicka; conception of Minority Rights
Feminism: Basic Concepts: Patriarchy, misogyny, Gender, Theories of Feminism; Liberal, Socialist, radical and eco-feminism
Unit- 9 : Logic
Truth and Validity
Denotation and Connotation
Nature of Propositions
Laws of thought
Classification of Propositions
Square of Opposition
Truth-Functions and Propositional Logic
Quantification and Rules of Quantification
Symbolic Logic: Use of symbols
Decision Procedures: Truth Table, Using Truth- Tables for testing the validity of arguments
Venn Diagram, informal and formal Fallacies
Proving Validity, Argument and Argument-form
Axiomatic System, Consistency, Completeness
Differences between Deductive and Inductive Logic
Unit- 10 : Applied Philosophy
What is applied Philosophy?
Philosophy of Technology; technology, dominance, power and social inequalities
Democratization of Technology
Public evaluation of science and technology
Ethical Implication of information technology, bio-technology, non-technology
Environmental Ethics: Nature as means or end, Aldo-Leopold; land-ethics, Arne Naess: Deep
Ecology, Peter Singer; Animal Rights
Medical-Ethics: Surrogacy, Doctor-patient relationship, abortion, euthanasia, female-infanticide
Professional Ethics: Corporate Governance and ethical responsibility
Media Ethics: ethical issues in Privacy, cyber space, pornography, representation and differences-marginalization
Legal Ethics: law and morality, Legal Obligation, Authority and Validity of Law
Philosophical Counseling: Managing everyday problems.
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