The Department of Aesthetics and Philosophy offers itself as an interdisciplinary space which endeavours to facilitate engagement with issues across various disciplines in the Humanities such as Linguistics, Literature, Cultural Studies, Feminist studies, Media Studies, Translation Studies, India Studies etc from the perspective of theoretical structure and conceptual coherence. The rationale behind this approach consists in the recognition that the most productive way ahead for philosophy lies in a lateral movement playing a catalytic role in the cross-fertilisation of ideas from across cognate and even distant disciplines.
At the level of intellectual culture, the Department makes a conscious effort to promote an intellectual attitude based on the virtues of conceptual rigour, intellectual honesty, discursive openness, clarity of thought and integrity of understanding as the grounding values.
The fundamental outlook of the Department of Aesthetics and Philosophy centres on the conviction that philosophy represents open-endedness of thought as opposed to all forms of theological thinking based on some dogma—either conservative or radical, and the premise that such open-endedness is possible only with an ability and willingness to resist the transient tyranny of passing intellectual fashion.
The department has three members at present.
Prof. Syed Sayeed, who is also currently the Head of the Department, tries to locate his work around the convergence of Analytic and Continental philosophy and areas like the philosophy of social sciences and political thought.
The next senior member, Dr. T. Sreedharan is an assistant professor and his interests cover Classical and Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Existentialism and Comparative Aesthetics.
The third member of the department Mr. SantoshRaut too is an assistant professor and his fields of interest are Buddhist studies, Dalit Studies, Aesthetics and Art History.
As of now, the department only runs a Ph. D programme, though, in addition to it the members of the department offer elective courses to students of MA programmes not only in philosophy but in a range of interdisciplinary areas, taking care to design them in such a way as to make them most relevant to the main thrust of the particular postgraduate programme. Through this effort, the department of Aesthetics and Philosophy tries to do justice to its role in the fundamentally interdisciplinary orientation of this university.
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