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Teaching Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

 
P. George Victor (Author)
Synopsis 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 scrutinize the philosophy curriculum in universities today and study the methods of teaching philosophy in ancient India, which their stress on summarizing 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-frist Century.
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About the author

P. George Victor

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 tow 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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Bibliographic information

Title Teaching Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124602050
length xv+216p., Appendix; Index; 23 cm.