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Teaching Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

by: P. George Victor

The papers study various aspects of teaching philosophy: its methods, models, techniques and associated problems and prospects. They scrutinize philosophy curriculum in universities and use of computers for teaching it. They discuss ways to popularise philosophy and introduce it at the elementary level in schools.

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ISBN: 9788124602058
Year Of Publication: 2002
Edition: 1st
Pages : xv, 216
Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

The relevance of philosophy in the strife torn world of today cannot be undermined: going into the ‘why’ of ideas, philosophy examines the importance of concepts and ways to cultivate values, and foster them. But its growing unpopularity particularly as a discipline of study warrants specific attention. The book explores an important factor responsible for this — the way in which philosophy is taught. The papers, presented at a national seminar sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, look into various aspects of teaching philosophy: its methods, models, techniques, associated problems and prospects in the coming decades to highlight the nature and relevance of philosophy. They scrutinise the philosophy curriculum in universities today and study the methods of teaching philosophy in ancient India, with their stress on summarising the essence of philosophical doctrines in sutras or aphorisms. Scholars from the West in their thought-provoking analyses present the changing patterns of curriculum and syllabus of philosophy, and the use of computers and science fiction for the purpose. The Indian teachers of philosophy, both old and young, emphasise on acquainting the students with philosophy right from the school level, and teaching philosophy in an entertaining yet edifying manner by presenting life stories of philosophers and teaching through novel methods. They discuss the need to introduce and popularize philosophy among people in general so as to make philosophy a way of life that can usher in moral and spiritual progress in the Twenty-first Century.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Inaugural Address: Ancient Indian Methods of Writing Philosophy
— V. Venkatachalam
2. Keynote Address: Quality Teaching, the Criteria for Promotion in USA
— Michael Goldman
3. Valedictory Address: Teaching Philosophy in a Multi-lingistic Context
— S.S. Rama Rao Pappu
4. Philosophy as a Way of Life
— R.S. Ambasta
5. Display Methods in Teaching Philosophy
— P. George Victor
6. Philosophy Curriculum for the Young
— S. Gopalan
7. Syllabus of Philosophy for +2 level
— Hari Narain Pandey
8. Educating about Philosophy
— Himat Singh
9. Philosophy and Trans-human Values
— B.K. Jha
10. Teaching Philosophy through Science Fiction
— Judy D. Saltzman
11. What should we Aim in Teaching?
— Lalitha Ramamurthy
12. Goals of Philosophy
— Monika Talapatra
13. Review of Methods for Teaching Philosophy
— R. Murali
14. Philosophy for Value Education
— G.C. Nayak
15. Philosophy for the Future
— D. Nesy
16. Programme for Teaching Philosophy
— G. Padmakumar
17. An Approach to Teaching
— K.R. Rajani
18. A Note on Teaching Philosophy
— A. Rama Murty
19. Philosophy of Value in Education
— Sajida Adeeb
20. Future of Philosophy in the Educative Process
— P.V. Unnikrishnan
21. Philosophy, Insight and Dialogue
— G. Vedaparayana
22. Teaching Philosophy through Stories and Lives of Great Men
— R. Venkat Reddy
Conclusion
— P. George Victor
Appendix: Department of Philosophy, Andhra University — A Profile
The Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Prof. P. George Victor (born: 1953), Professor of Philosophy, and Founder Director, Centre for Religious Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam has been teaching Sankara Vedanta, and Western Philosophy for the post-graduate students for more than two decades. He has participated in many seminars in India and abroad. He has organized the ‘First National Seminar on Teaching Philosophy in India’ in association with the editors of Teaching Philosophy journal, USA sponsored by ICPR during March 1998. His major published works include ‘Social Philosophy of Vedanta’, ‘Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya’ and ‘Moral Science’.
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