philosophy 2009 mains question paper

Posted: July 17, 2010 in 01 - 09_years-papers

Paper I SECTION – A
1. Comments short notes on any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20×3=60
a) Interactionism in the philosophical context.
b) “The rational is real and real is rational.” – Comment.
c) “ To be is to be perceived” – Discuss.
d) “Existence precedes essence “– Comment.
2. a). Compare the views of Leibniz and Hume on the concept of substance. 30
b). Examine how Ayer eliminates metaphysics. 30
3. a). What are Quine’s objections with regard to the verification theory of meaning? 30
b). Compare the view of Spinoza and Sartre on Freedom. 30
4. Comment on each of the following in about 200 words each: 20×3=60
a). Plato’s analogy of the cave and its significance in his theory of knowledge.
b). Kant’s objections against the ontological argument for the existence of God.
c). Descares’ mind body dualism and Strawson’s response to it.
SECTION ‘B’
5. Write short notes on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20×3=60
a). Anekantavada
b). Adhyasa
c). Hetvabhasa according to Nyaya
d). Conception of Kaivalya according to yoga.
6. Compare Aristotle’s view regarding causation with that of the Samkhya School’s view of causation. 60
7. Compare the view points of Nyaya , Vaisesika , Mimansha and Buddhism on the issue of knowledge of abhava. 60
8. Compare Patanjali’s Yoga with Integral Yoga expound by Aurobindo bringing out clearly points of similarity and dissimilarity. 60

Paper II SECTION – A
1. Comments short notes on any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20×3=60
a) Define Monarchy. Is it ethically justified ?
b) “ You are not punished for stealing the sheep, but you are punished so that no sheep is stolen,” Discuss as to which theory of punishment the statement belongs.
c) Compare Bodin’s and Austin’s views on sovereignty.
d) “ Rights and duties are complementary.” Explain.
2. a). Is Theology an outdated ideology ? Discuss.30
b). Is Secularism analogous to Atheism? Examine in the Indian context. . 30
3. a). Comment on the relationship between equality and Freedom. 30
b). Is capital punishment, in your view, ethically justified? 30
4. Examine the Land and Property Rights of women in India. How far do they contribute to empower women? 60
SECTION ‘B’
5. Answer any three of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20×3=60
a). Critically examine the ‘ Causal’ argument as a proof for the existence of God.
b). If evils and sufferings are the real experiences of individual selves , what role do they play in realizing self transcendence?
c). Explain the nature of religious experience. Can this experience be validated ?
d). Is religious language symbolic? Discuss.
6. a). Analyse the ‘ Teleological’ argument as a proof for existence of God. 30
b). Examine why Man has a desire for Immorality. 30
7. Comment on the following statements : 30×2=60
a). “ To be Man is to Strive to be God.”
b). “ There are no whole truths ; all truths are half truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devils.”
8. a). Can the ‘ God’ of Religion be identified with the ‘Absolute’ of Philosophy? 30
b). Comment on the statement that “ Religion only promised but never fulfilled the promise.”. 30

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