The Second Cycle – (MPh Programme)
The second cycle introduces the students to scientific research through an in-depth study of the theories of outstanding Indian and Western thinkers by means of seminars and tutorials.
This cycle consists of four semesters. MPh students are to write six philosophical papers within the first three semesters, and in the fourth semester they are to write a dissertation of 75-100 pages. The dissertation should demonstrate a satisfactory grasp of the tools of research and reflection.
The Principal will be the general coordinator of the cycle. He will suggest names of professors to guide the student in each paper. All the papers should be of a quality that is suitable for exposition. Exposition of some of these papers is a requirement and the Principal is to decide how many of the papers are to be publicly exposed. Preparation of an exhaustive bibliography is to be part of the programme. MPh students may attend any of the classes in addition to their reading and writing assignments. The areas to be studied are divided into two parts: obligatory and optional. Obligatory topics are: Study of a Western Philosopher, an Indian Philosopher, and one work of Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine. In addition, a student is to choose three philosophical problems out of the following areas, choosing not more than one problem from an area:
- Philosophy of God / Religion
- Social Issues
- Epistemology / Hermeneutics
- Philosophical Anthropology
There will be a comprehensive examination at the end of the course which will last one hour, before a board of three. It will be based on a statement submitted by the student, covering all major aspects of philosophy.