National Webinar on Emerging Trends in Indian and Western Philosophy

Organizer: Department of English Studies and Department of History and Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur .

About the Webinar

  • When: 24, 25 and 26 November 2021
  • Last Date for Registration: 22 11 2020
  • Free Registration
  • E certificate will be given to those who register for the webinar and attend all the sessions.

Resource Persons

1.Prof. P. Kesava Kumar, Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi.
2.Prof. T. Marx, Department of English, Pondicherry University.
3. Prof. Jibu Mathew George, Department of English Literature The English, and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
4. Prof. N. Muthumohan , Former Professor, School of Religions and Philosophy, Madurai Kamaraj University.

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Concept Note

Philosophy, a domain of human thoughts, has drastically evolved through the centuries ever since its emergence in the ancient period as metaphysics Philosophical thoughts and writings have historically helped shape many of the disciplines in academics and provided them with proper theoretical grounding The fields of literature and philosophy have been mutually benefiting from each other through a range of philosophical and theoretical exchanges carried down the periods Philosophical writings have often theorized the socio political and cultural issues of different periods in the West and India and provided a theoretical framework to contextualize the subject position emerging out of such
milieu Different philosophical trajectories that existed in various time frames both in West and India attempted to philosophize the idea of man, reason, justice, mind and body dualism, social categories like caste, class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, etc As Foucault has influentially argued in his essay Nietzsche, Genealogy, History ” 1977 All knowledge rests upon injustice, that there is no right, not even in the act of knowing, to truth or a foundation for truth, and that the instinct for knowledge is malicious (something murderous, opposed to the happiness of mankind) ” With the onset of modern philosophy beginning with Structuralism, the abstract concepts like truth, beauty, aesthetics, knowledge, etc came to be radically interrogated and their theoretical/philosophical foundations were called into question While this is the prominent trend in the Western Philosophy, the Indian Philosophy particularly in the late Twentieth Century witnessed a fundamental shift towards the idea of marginality, theorizing the subjectivity of oppressions based on caste, class, gender, disability, religion and region This Three Day National Webinar will strive to explore such philosophical trajectories emerged in the late Twentieth Century in the West and India The webinar will also attempt to map out some of the major emerging trends in philosophy so as to orient the participants with the contemporary developments in Indian and Western Philosophy The following are the thrust areas for discussion

  • European intellectual history of the Twentieth Century
  • Contemporary trends in Western Philosophy
  • Philosophy of knowledge
  • Poststructuralist and Postmodern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of marginality in Indian context
  • Twentieth Century Indian intellectual history
  • Contemporary trends in Indian Philosophy
  • Philosophy of disability, gender, race, class, caste and other marginalities

Chief Patron
Prof. M. Krishnan, Vice chancellor, CUTN

Prof. A. Selvam , Head, Department of English Studies
Prof. Bhagabana Sahu , Head, Department of History
Organizing Secretaries
Dr.Boopathi P, Assistant Professor, Department of English Studies
Dr. K.Thangapandian , Assistant Professor, Department of History

Organizing Committee

Department of English Studies
Dr. T. J. Abraham
Dr. B. J. Geetha
Dr. J. E. Indra
Dr.Punnya Rajendran

Department of History
Dr. Pranjal Garg
Dr. Louis Mushary


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