Various distinguished scholars who have either taught or been associated with the Department of Philsophy, Delhi University include N.V. Banerjee, S.S Barlingay, R. C. Pandeya, Margaret Chatterjee, S.K. Saxena, Ram Chandra Gandhi and Mrinal Miri. A large number of eminent philosophers from India and abroad have lectured in the Department. Philosophers from abroad include Donald Davidson, Willard Quine, Peter Strawson, Akeel Bilgrami, George Henrik von Wright, Karl Potter, Anil Gupta, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Sorabjee, Elliot Sober, Hajime Nakamura, Arvind Sharma, Anthony Parel, among many others. The Department has a prestigious programme of teaching and research at the level of M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D degrees respectively, covering a diversity of areas in Philosophy: Classics of Western Philosophy, Classical Indian Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy of Language, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Indian Philosophy of Language, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion and Social & Political Philosophy, among others.
This Department began as a combined Department of Philosophy and Psychology in the year 1953. The Department of Psychology became independent in 1962. Since then the Department of Philosophy is an Autonomous Department.
The Department has a large library of its own catering to the needs of the Masters and Research students, and research interests of the faculty members. There is a spacious reading room and seminar hall. Facilities like computers, printing and internet connections have been provided in the seminar room cum library. Special equipments are available in the Department for viewing of films, power point projections etc.
“By reading the Upaniṣads and the Gītā, one gets a feel for the metaphysical and moral outlook that permeates the classical orthodox tradition in India. Abhinavagupta introduces the centrality of aesthetics to Indian philosophical reflection, and the centrality of dance drama (natya) to Indian aesthetics. The Questions of King Milinda is an important early Buddhist text on metaphysics, with great stuff on the self and personal identity. Nāgārjuna founds the Madhyamaka tradition (the dominant interpretation of Buddhist philosophy in Tibetan Buddhism), and Dignāga the Buddhist epistemological tradition. That edition has all of the Indian and Tibetan commentaries, which adds a nice dimension to reading a terse verse text. Śāntideva presents the Mahāyāna ethical tradition (which thinks that enlightenment can be attained in a single lifetime)”….. Jay Garfield‘s list of recommended philosophy books that everyone should read.
Carlo Rovelli, Theoretical physicist, author. [11 Oct 2018, in the PhysicsWorld.]
“A text by Nagarjuna, the ancient Indian philosopher – the Sanskrit title is Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, which loosely translates to Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way. In spite of the great cultural distance, I feel there is something useful for us to learn in this book. It may perhaps even be useful to emerge from some of the current confusion in theoretical physics.”
Quotes of the week
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
– René Descartes
Histories make [people] wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtile; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend. [Studies permeate and shape manners.]
– Francis Bacon.