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Foundational Principles of Indian Philosophical Systems

Offered by:

1. School of Philosophy, Psychology & Scientific Heritage


Bharatiya Darshanas


60 hours over 15 weeks

Eligibility :

Any degree holder with basic knowledge of Indian philosophical systems, especially the Darshanas.

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Philosophy in India has a rich and diverse journey stretching back to the very beginnings of civilization in this part of the world. This workshop aims to provide the participants with an advanced introduction to Indian philosophy: its most salient features and theories. It will not adopt the usual ‘six-systems’/’school’ approach to Indian philosophy. Instead, it will take up a thematic or conceptual treatment of Indian philosophy. The former method not only gives a limited understanding of Indian philosophy but also fails to highlight the dynamic nature of India’s intellectual environment, one in which various traditions grew together through arguments and counter-arguments. Thus, it will cover the broad areas of philosophy like Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Language, and see how Indian thinkers have contributed to these areas.

In this workshop, the participants will be exposed to the major concepts and theories based on Indian philosophical systems to bring out the holistic view of the Atma and its relation to the Universe.

Workshop Commences: 8 March 2021

Mode: Online; blended (asynchronous and synchronous)

Language: English

Course Structure


Commences: 8 March 2021


Every Monday and Tuesday | 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Workshop Structure


  • To provide an overview of the various theories propounded in the Indian philosophical systems. 
  • The content of the workshop is concept-oriented rather than school-oriented.


  • The participants will gain a good level of understanding of the fundamental theories and concepts of different Darśanas.
  • The participants will gain knowledge of the pramāṇas which form the fulcrum for any discussions or debates on the Darśanas.
  • The participants will be familiar with basic jargon and be equipped with argumentative skills to comprehend the intermediate texts of the Darśanas.
  • With the knowledge of the application of the theories discussed in this course, the participants will be able to carry out further research in the field of Darśanas and allied areas.
  • The participants will get an idea about the nature of Ātmā, Mokṣa etc. which will support them to achieve spiritual aspirations.


This course will have lectures based on reading material. Participants are expected to go through the reading material before attending classes so that they may contribute constructively during discussions. The assignments and term paper will enhance the analytical skills of the students. Quizzes will be conducted on a regular basis to develop a better understanding of the concepts.


This course requires some working knowledge of Sanskrit and moderate-to-high level of comfort with the Devanāgari script. Since this is an intermediate level workshop, the participants are expected to have some introduction to Indian philosophy (an awareness of some frequently used terms, basic tenets/objective of various schools). Knowledge of Sanskrit is not necessary but will be helpful as also some familiarity with the Devanāgari script.

Evaluation Pattern


Course Instructor Certification

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to students who meet the completion requirements pertaining to all the segments of the workshop.


Rs.  6000/- (inclusive of GST)

Registration Refund Policy


Timeline for Cancellation

Refund Status*

3 days before the workshop begins

100% of the registration fee
(less administrative fee)

1 week into the workshop

50% of the registration fee
(less administrative fee)

10 days into the workshop

No refund

*All refunds are subject to an administrative fee (10% of the registration fee).

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