Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy comprises a team of committed and vibrant teachers who stimulate, encourage and exhort the students to develop their intellectual and analytical abilities. The course for Philosophy (Hons.) is well suited for this. The BA Course and concurrent course papers are designed for students studying other disciplines to acquire an adequate knowledge of social values and practices.
Courses: B.A. (Hons.) PHILOSOPHY
Philosophy Society (The Monist)
Convenor: Dr. C.V. Babu
The Department of Philosophy, under the convenorship of Dr. C. V. Babu, through its society, The Monist, and the Editorial Board, Nazariyā, organized several events to engage the students with Philosophy.
Below is the list of programmes-
- Nazariyā, the Philosophy magazine, conducted a Webinar on “Creative Writing Through a Philosophical Lens” on 5th September 2020. The webinar helped the students to understand the nuances of philosophical writing and shed light on the ways and means to acquire the associated requisite skills. Speakers for the webinar were Dr. Divya Tiwari, Assoc. Professor, Department of Philosophy, ZHDC and Ms. Ariba Zaidi, Asst. Professor, Department of Philosophy, ZHDC.
- Starting from September 2020, the Student Council established the first mentorship scheme. In this, the first and the second-year students were matched with final year students for academic, and when needed, personal guidance.
- The Student Council organized two book club sessions reading and discussing “The Country Doctor by Franz Kafka” and “The Egg by Andy Weir” in October & November 2020 respectively.
- On 20th September 2020, an intra-department Essay-Art-Poem competition was organized on the following themes – “Animal Rights” and “Why do we respect the dead more than the living?”
- On 15th November 2020, an inter-college Essay competition was organized. Themes for the competition are as follows—“Is it unethical to kill a philosophical zombie?” or “Should women be provided with financial reparations for being pushed to the side historically?”
- On 19th November 2020, a movie screening of “A Serious Man” was organized. The 2009 comedy-drama film, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, had philosophical undertones and dealt with a man’s questions about his life and faith.
- From 2nd to 18th April, the society organized 3 competitions – Fiction Writing, Art and Photography competitions. The events witnessed enthusiastic participation from students from many colleges.
- Nazariyā, the Magazine of the Department of Philosophy, published the first edition of the magazine on the college’s website on 24th February 2021, featuring submissions from students across India.
- The Student Council organized two book club sessions reading and discussing the “Menmon, The Philosopher by Voltaire” and “Animal Farm by George Orwell” in July and October 2021 respectively.
- On 3rd July 2021, a movie screening of “Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” was organized. The 2006 documentary film, directed by Sophie Fiennes, has philosophical undertones and explores a multitude of films from a psychoanalytic theoretical perspective.
- On 31st July 2021, as a recreational activity between the first years and their seniors, a Game Night was organized. A number of games were played, and students of all the semesters were able to interact with each other in joy.
- On 7th August 2021, a movie screening of “The Art of Effortless Living” was organized. The 2019 documentary film, directed by Jason Gregory, has philosophical undertones and explains the principles of Taoism, also known as Wu Wei.
- From 10th August to 21st August, an inter-college online Art Competition was organized. The theme for the competition was—“What makes you free?”
The department also expanded its online presence by regular posts on social media, sharing philosophical ideas through words, art or any form in between. With time, the social media handles expanded to accommodate students’ experiences and the works submitted by the students from other departments as well. Online quizzes to promote curiosity in philosophy as a subject were also organized.