IIT Madras – Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Aspects of Western Philosophy

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HS 1020

This course aims at an understanding of some of the major ideas of some most important Western
philosophers and thereby understand the philosophical basis of the cultural history of the western world. It
will see how the philosophical tradition of the western world has evolved with an emphasis on metaphysical
and epistemological issues and later on issues which deal with conceptual problems related to language and
linguistic understanding with an examination on certain concepts like truth, objectivity, universality etc. The problems addressed deal with the philosophical attempts in understanding
human nature, life and experience. The course will conclude with an examination of the postmodern
challenges to concepts like reason and truth and the major responses to these challenges from Habermas and

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