Department of Philosophy

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About the Department


Cover Photo Credit: Ms. Greeshma Chauhan, B.A. (H) Philosophy, 2016-2019

An Overview    
Undergraduate Study
Research Oriented
Extracurricular  Domain
One of the oldest Departments' of the college as well as of University, The Department of Philosophy, Indraprastha College for Women takes pride in its highly qualified and eminent faculty with a wide range of expertise which includes an additional qualification in Law and Journalism & Mass Communication. With such specialization and in-depth knowledge of philosophical inquiry, the department has been constantly engaged to enhance the value and need of studying philosophy as an academic discipline. As Socrates famously said, 'The unexamined life is not worth living'; it is worth considering that deep study of Philosophy helps an individual to reflect on the same.
As a rigorous study, Philosophy, as a discipline, is a reflective inquiry towards understanding life, behaviour, knowledge, activity and the related social domains. The study of philosophy helps a student to critically reflect on areas which effect their lives. This primarily undertakes the critical study of human conduct, justification of human actions, hermeneutics and the way of life; an inquiry concerning human existence, mind, the notion of identity, and that of self. The objective of the study is about the fine development of:Reasoning and Analytical Skills,Critical Thinking and Evaluation, Inculcating values for human flourishing, Ability to philosophically reflect and examine the role of language and its functions,and Interpretation of classical readings.
With an aim to help students excel, the Department undertakes continuous assessment through assignments, group presentations, discussions, class tests, quiz etc. The Department aims to blend the conventional method of teaching (i.e. classroom lectures and the use of the blackboard) with the computer-mediated methods (i.e. PowerPoint presentations; digital learning). Educational trips or educational film screening are also incorporated in teaching-learning sessions. It also has an active tutorial system that ensures personal teacher-student interaction to address their queries – both academic and career oriented.With the diversified and significant scholarship of the faculty members as well as by having an interdisciplinary approach in teaching – learning sessions, students regularly get an opportunity to enhance their research work. Rigorous academic sessions like extension lectures, seminars, conferences as well as student’s paper presentation seminars are regularly organized in the Department which help students to enhance their work and their presentation skills. With this, the students are also continuously encouraged to present their research papers (which are also mentored) in National/International Conferences/Seminars.
Along with the academic work, the Department also undertakes the practice of extra-curricular activities, excursions, educational tours for the overall development of the students. Educational tours to places like Lotus temple, Parliament Visit, Art galleries, Museums, Nehru Planetarium and other monuments have been organized to reflect about the underlying philosophical significance of these. Moreover, participation of students in inter-college competitions of the university is highly encouraged to help them excel in academics as well as in extra-curricular activities.

Updated on: 10 September, 2019