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JNU introduces M.Phil in Philosophy

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NEW DELHI, FEB. 14. To help provide a deeper and stronger foundation for advanced studies in Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is now introducing an M.Phil programme in Philosophy from the coming academic session. To be conducted by the recently established Centre for Philosophy, the course will train the students to "engage critically with original philosophy texts, both classical and contemporary with a high degree of methodological rigour".

Designed to incorporate new philosophical approaches, in addition to the study of themes such as ontology, epistemology and ethics, it will also include the study of new areas that connect philosophy with other disciplines such as social sciences, action, mind and languages, the curriculum will also

The course will have "Concepts in Philosophy" and "Philosophical Analysis" as two compulsory subjects as well as two optional and the writing of dissertation. Established in the School of Social Sciences, the centre focuses on the study of problems and concerns of philosophy cutting across traditions and narrow disciplinary boundaries.

An attempt to move away from the routine, the centre hopes to bring in an "issue oriented interdisciplinary" approach in teaching the subject.

"In contrast to the prevalent tendency to divide philosophy either in terms of geographical or civilisation boundaries or in terms of exclusionary divisions of metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, an issue oriented inter-disciplinary approach in teaching and research will be a core concern of the centre", said a statement issued by the University.

For being eligible to the course, students will need an M.A in Philosophy with a minimum of 50 per cent, a M.A in Humanities and Social Sciences with 55 per cent or M.Sc in Natural Science with 60 per cent. Admissions will be made on the basis of an entrance examination.

For more details, students can log on to the website www.jnu.ac.in.

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