Philosophy at Krea

Philosophical inquiries often begin in moments of wonder, doubt, reflection, and curiosity. Philosophical training sharpens our critical thinking ability, power of imagination, and our capacity for innovation. Learning the process of conducting meta-inquiry along with a concrete engagement with real-world issues makes philosophy students reflective and innovative learners. The minor in philosophy is committed to Global philosophical traditions and practices. Tracing historical trajectories of development of ideas is a cornerstone for the minor, it will signpost the shift in thinking of philosophy as a scholarship-based discipline to redefining it as a process-based discipline. Most of the pressing questions in the 21st Century including questions of social categories, technology and progress, the human condition and its ethical quandaries, and the future of ‘us’, all demand philosophy’s renewed attention. Keeping all this in mind, Philosophy at Krea will incorporate practice, immersion, application and theorisation as its pedagogical pillars. Students of this philosophy minor will not just be potential scholars in philosophy but more importantly, philosophically motivated learners.

The Approach

The programme will effectively aid students to pursue their individual intellectual and creative interests with philosophical rigour by involving them with philosophical concepts collectively, writing and reflecting on philosophical questions and situating their ideas within the historical context of philosophy. Philosophical training will prepare them to conduct their own interdisciplinary enquiries with conceptual clarity such that they are able to absorb and question meaningfully, the given premises of any discipline of their pursuit.

Students are required to take courses in the following four streams – Philosophical Methods, Philosophical Concepts, Philosophical Practice and Philosophy and Society. The former two streams will emphasise historicity of philosophy whereas the latter two streams will be application oriented in the contemporary context. While all these courses will integrate Euro-American as well as South Asian references into the curriculum, the course work is open for independent studies from other philosophies such as Chinese, Arabic, African and Native American traditions. Additionally, they must take two electives and participate in two seminars. None of the required courses have any prerequisites

Programme Details

Minor:

To earn a minor in Philosophy, a student must complete six courses and earn a total of 24 credits by completing:

  1. Six courses, out of which four are required courses and two can be electives.

Concentration:

To qualify for a concentration in Philosophy, a student must complete four courses and earn 16 credits across required and electives, which will offer them a focused learning experience and will help students to develop a substantive philosophical understanding in the chosen philosophical stream.

Some examples of Concentrations in Philosophy are:

C1: World Philosophical Traditions: Philosophical Concepts, Philosophical Methods, and World Philosophical Traditions, Independent Study

C2: Applied Philosophy: Philosophical Concepts, Philosophical Methods and any two of the following:  Environmental philosophy, Concepts in Contemporary Art Aesthetics, Philosophy of Curatorial Practice, Philosophy of place and senses, Philosophy of Sound

C3: Philosophy and Art: Philosophical Concepts, Philosophical Methods, Concepts in Contemporary Art Aesthetics, Philosophy of Curatorial Practice/Philosophy of Sound

C4: Philosophy and Environment: Philosophical Concepts, Independent Study, Environmental Philosophy, Environment and Ethics/ Migration Study

Required Courses Sample Electives
  1. Philosophical Concepts (PC)
  2. Philosophical Methods (PM)
  3. Philosophical Practice
  4. Philosophy and Society
  1. Global Philosophical Traditions
  2. Environmental Philosophy (Cross-listed with Environmental Studies)
  3. Concepts in Contemporary Art Aesthetics
    (Offered in Philosophy. Cross listed with
    Arts and Literature)
  4. Philosophy of Curatorial Practice (Offered
    for Arts and Literature. Cross-listed with
    Philosophy)
  5. Environmental Migration (Cross-listed with Environmental Studies)
  6. Philosophies of Sound – Theory, Experience and Experiment (Cross listed with Arts and
    Literature)
  7. Is there an Indian way of Thinking?
    (Cross-listed with History)

Kalpita Bhar Paul

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Kalpita Bhar Paul

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

PhD, Manipal University

Srajana Kaikini

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Humanities & Social Sciences and Literature & the Arts

Srajana Kaikini

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Humanities & Social Sciences and Literature & the Arts

PhD, Manipal University

Mukund Padmanabhan

Visiting Professor of Practice
Humanities & Social Sciences

Mukund Padmanabhan

Visiting Professor of Practice
Humanities & Social Sciences

MPhil, Delhi University

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