Philosophy Department - Summer Courses
Greetings! St. Charles’ Seminary has been conducting a residential philosophy course more than twenty years during the summer months (April - May) for Religious sisters and others, including lay people, who intend to study theology in the Major Seminaries in India. Such a basic philosophy course is a necessary requirement to obtain admission to theology course offered by seminaries in India. We started this course as a very small venture to prepare sisters who were intending to pursue theological studies in St. Charles Seminary. However, soon other Seminaries and Theological Institutes asked us to accommodate their students who were going on for theological studies in this course. Our summer course in philosophy is recognized as a good philosophical foundation for studies in theology by many seminaries in India such as: Vidyajyothi, New Delhi; St. Paul Seminary, Triuchirappalli (Tamil Nadu); St. Peters’ Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore; Kristu Jyoti, Bangalore; Sacred Heart theological College Shillong.
The Summer Philosophy Course is of two months duration and is held each year in the months of April and May. As Nagpur has blistering temperatures in the summer which could go beyond 45 degrees Celsius, it has not been possible for us to hold the course in our premises. We have to choose a place with a cooler climate and this year it is organised in Bangalore. With a six-day week and five lectures a day, we average about 200 lectures during these two months. In this course we teach all the essential elements of the disciplines of Traditional Philosophy. We also devote some lectures to Indian Philosophy and a good many lectures to the history of Western Philosophy from ancient up to contemporary. Since this is an intensive and residential course we admit only 40 candidates and preference is given to those who apply with the registration fees, before 31st of January 2010. This is a demanding course. Attendance at all the classes is a must. No student will be allowed to take any break during the course.
All correspondence with regard to the Philosophy course to be addressed to:
Fr. Praveen D'Souza, OP
The Courses offered
during the Summer Philosophy Course
History of Philosophy (4 credits)
Introduction, Pre-Socratic Philosophers: The
Ionians: Thales, Anaximandes. The Pythagoreans, Heraclitus. The Eleatic
Philosophers: Parmenedes, Zeno. The Atomists: Empodocles, Anaxagoras,
Democritus. The Sophists. The Golden Age: Athens: Socrates, Plato and
Aristotle. Hellenism: the Cynics, the Epicurians, the Stoics,
Neo-Platonism, Philo of Alexandria, St. Augustine, Boethius, the
Carolingian Renaissance. John Scotus, Eriugena, St. Anselm of Canterbury,
St. Albert the Great, St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Duns
Scotus, William of Ockham.Rationalism: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnits.
Empiricism: David Hume.Immanuel Kant; Arthur Schopenhauer. Positivism:
Auguste Comte. German Idealism: Hegel. Marxism Neo-Positivism, Linguistic
Philosophy ,Vienna Circle; Pragmatism