‘Philosophy is an excellent course for training in reading,writing and analytical skills’

A one-day national seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Philosophy and Living Traditions’ was held at the Panjab University on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 11, 2009 12:21 am

A one-day national seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Philosophy and Living Traditions’ was held at the Panjab University on Tuesday. The event was organised by the Department of Philosophy,Panjab University in collaboration with Department of Philosophy,Dev Samaj College for Women,Ferozepur City.

Around 70 students from Ferozepur participated in the event with their philosophy teacher Ambuj Sharma.

Philosophy seems to have gained great popularity at Ferozepur,as the college has a record number of around 400 students,who are pursuing the course at undergraduate level.

Chairman of the Department of Philosophy,Dr V T Sebastian,said,“Philosophy is an excellent course for training in reading,writing and analytical skills.” He appreciated and shared his views on the history of western philosophy.

Prof Veena Kapoor and Geeta Manaktala spoke about the nature of ethics and culture. Prof Geeta said that people usually follow the code of ethics but it is important to know about the development of morality. “One has to raise questions like who laid these principles and are these principles homogenous in their character,” she said.

In the second session,Dr Shah spoke on the relevance of philosophy and human existence and said that philosophy is a basic field of inquiry. “Its range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect both one’s thinking and the kind of person one is,” he said.

In yet another session,Sakshi Dawinderpreet,Amandeep and Impinderjeet of Dev Samaj College highlighted the issues of social philosophy.

Amandeep said,“Philosophy deals with a wide range of questions and issues generated by various aspects of human experience. By the breadth of its concerns,the study of philosophy provides a unique opportunity for students to examine their beliefs in many areas through critical reflection.”

In the last session,Prof Akshaya Kumar of Department of English shared his insights on ‘Living Tradition’ with the participants.

His presentation raised important questions like what we mean by tradition and how philosophy as a methodology can help in reasoning the human existence.

He appreciated the questions of the participants and said that an understanding in philosophy is a must to study literature.

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