Jan 8, 2018
Everyone is a philosopher, but...
Beneath (beginning) and Beyond (climax, end) every discipline, you find philosophy
Philosophy as Love of Wisdom
Wisdom as making sense of our suffering (Victor Frankl, Friedrich Nietzsche)
Data --> Information --> Knowledge --> Wisdom
Buddha's basic insight: This too will pass away
"Man's Search for Meaning": Victor Frankl ("Logotherapy")
Nietzsche: "He who has found a WHY can cope with any HOW."
"That which does not kill you makes you stronger"
John Izzo: Five Secrets you must discover...
"Useless, but not meaningless" ("Nutzlos, sondern nicht Bedeutungslos"). For one page article see here
Philosophy, like love, poetry and prayer are useless, and significant and meaningful.
Please come prepared with the following materails.
Find attached: Session plan and Introd to Phil (Taken from http://philosophybasics.com/)
Jan 9, 2018
What is philosophising?
Definitions of Philosophy (Philosophy cannot be defined, but approached, responded to, encountered)
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be encountered."
Problem vs mystery (Gabriel Marcel)
"I am a mystery unto myself." Horizon.... Ever approachable, never attainable
Life, love and relationship are mysteries to be encountered (and are "useless" in themselves.
Art for art's own sake: Philosophy for its own sake.
Only 4% of the known universe is known to us ("dark matter", "dark energy")
The basic philosophical question: "Who am I?"
"Every understanding is self-understanding."
Definitions of philosophy (From Notes)
Key to philosophy: critical reflection, systematization and dialogue
Use reason to realise its own limits
Reason may be flawed
Epistemology --> Truth
Ethics --> Goodness
Aesthetics --> Beauty
Truth, Beauty, Goodness : Sat, cit, ananda
First Assignment: Choose the topic (Philosopher of key idea) from your PRN number of the corresponding topic (you may exchange it with those underlined themes, if you want) and write 500 words summary of it; Then make it a PPT slide; discuss it with your group; get their feedback and make any changes and submit it. Details for submission will be given later. See attached file for the list of themes. Due date: Jan 30, 2018. The basic materials for the summary and PPT could be as follows:
Basic biographical Info
At least 3 basic ideas/key insights
Books or main contributions related to author/concept
Up to three quotes, that make it memorable for readers
Some relevant photos
Read through the notes (From PhilosophyBasics.com) at least thrice before coming for the next class. Get into the flow of the story, without memorizing all concepts. Three model slides are attached. You may also use the three attached pdf books for reference.
Dates to Note: Prepare your allotted slide by 29 Jan. On 30 January, please share in your group. After the feedback, revise the slide and submit to me at firstname.lastname@example.org on Jan 30 before 11:00 PM. This will be counted for attendance.
Jan 15, 2018: No class (Akshy Kumar)
Megha Nair- 17060321060
Nikita madhani - 17060321067
Isha Nair- 17060321124
Varsha Jayaprasad- 17060321116
Kulsimran Bedi- 17060321125
Fatema Deesawala -17060321030
Shubhangi Anandi - 17060321100
Yashona Sarkar - 17060321119
Vedika Bajoria - 17060321118 (Leader) (email@example.com)
Aashna Khosla: 17060321003 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meera Keshav: 17060321058
Abhishek Sam: 17060321005
Deepshikha Roy: 17060321025
Hridya Venkatraman: 17060321038
Diksha Choudhary: 17060321026
Geeta Gunjal: 17060321034
Sanjana Shetty: 17060321090
Megha Rangaraj: 17060321059
Ankita Mathur 17060321014
Archi Kulkarni 17060321017
Rahel Rao 17060321018
Disha Pathak 17060321027
Harini Vinayakam 17060321036
Khushi Bajaj 1706032146
Rutuja Shinde 17060321083
Tanvi Sawant 17060321108
Vandana Krishnan 17060321114
Varad Godase 17060321115 (Group Leader) email@example.com
Jesita Sarosh Limathwala
Nicole Jemimah Hardy 17060321066 firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Mrinal (17060321063): Group Leader email@example.com
2. Kshipra (17060321051)
3. Yash (17060321122)
4. Hriday (17060321038)
5. Bharat (17060321022)
6. Meghna (17060321061)
7. Ayaan (17060321021)
8. Keshav (17060321045)
9. Tishya (17060321110)
Amarabati Bhattacharyya: Group Leader firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Mary Mathew
Rohit Pradhan (email@example.com) - 17060321082
Raghav Kocchar - 17060321077
Avnie Agnihotri - 17060321020
Sanjana Pandit - 17060321089
Nirav Muthiyan - 17060321068
Raag Trivedi - 17060321075
Soumujeet Chakraborty - 17060321104
Noel George - 17060321069
Monisha Jain - 17060321062
Abhirami B. P. -17060321004
Adithi Shetty -17060321007: firstname.lastname@example.org
Antara Dharane -17060321016
Shivani Ranganath -17060321094
Shreya Panigrahi - 17060321095
Sowmya Dasagari - 17060321105
The details are in the attached PPT files "8.normative ethics.....", which you may download below.
Feb12-13 Research (Two short essays),
I. My Life as a Story (700-1000 words): Personalised Essay on you, including your biodata.
Me: Who am I? What do I want to become? Why? What are some of my dreams?
World: What do I wish for the world? How do I want to change the world?
God? What do I deeply believe in? why? What are my deepest aspirations? Where do I feel at home?
Optional: In addition to this, you may make one slide PPT Profile of yours, including the key ideas.
II. One critical essay on any one of the topics dealt in the class (700-1000 words)
Kant’s Categorical Imperative
Ross’s Pluralistic Deontology
Any other topic suggested by you.
Please submit these two essays before Feb 13, midnight. It is preferable to submit them together in the group. Mail to: email@example.com.
April 2, 2018
John Rawls, Amartya Sen and G. E. More (Intutionism): see ppt intuitionism new.
April 3, 2018: Intuitionism (contd). Am I really free? See both ppt and doc attached.
Please see the questions for discussion (also for exam). See attached file Ethic Questions...