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Monday, January 01, 2007

Certificate Course in Philosophy

Prof Sundar Sarukkai of National Institute of Advanced Studies ( NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, and I are in a dialogue to begin a short term course in Philosophy.

The course as it is planned now would deal with, in Part A, basic concepts of Philosophy like Metaphysics, Epistemology, Logic, Ontology, Philosophy of Language, and in Part B Philosophy of Art, or Science, or Social Science.

We intend to keep the classes on Saturday afternoons may be from 2 to 6 in the months of January and February either at Indian Institute of Science, or Christ College. The course fee would be between Rs 500 or 750 or 1000 to meet the photocopying expenses of the reading material and remuneration. A certificate would be given either from NIAS or jointly by NIAS and Christ College. The second option is yet to be negotiated with the college.

The course is open to all the undergraduate and postgraduate students of all educational institutions of Bangalore, interested in Philosophy and its application in today’s world.

I understand, Prof Sarukkai has taught a similar course in Philosophy for the public of Bangalore, in Kabban park!! The course attracted about 40 enthusiastic participants then from diverse fields.

Presently, Prof. Sarukkai heads the Centre for Philosophy and teaches at the School of Humanities at NIAS. You may access his profile at

Prof Sarukkai would be the main resource Person and designer of the course.

I wish to know how many of you would be interested in joining the course.

Your feedback on the course content, fee structure, duration, timing and any other related issues is welcome.

A course in Philosophy is a rare one. So I strongly recommend it to you all.

Do respond by 7 January 2007 to: or I reply to emails within 24 hours. If you haven’t received my reply within this time, it means I haven’t received your email.

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