Philosophy & IDC

INTRODUCTION

The Department which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018 with great zeal and zest has the extraordinary distinction of not being only the oldest Postgraduate Department of Government College University Lahore, but also of entire South Asia. It is the alma mater of Allama Muhammad Iqbal; the poet-philosopher who is the dreamer of Pakistan. Iqbal remained associated with the Department for the rest of his life as an illustrious academician. Since its inception in 1868, eminent thinkers and teachers like Prof. Thomas Arnold, Prof. S. G. Brett, Prof. L.P. Saunders, Prof. G. N. Chatterji, Prof. Qazi M. Aslam, Dr. C.A. Qadir, Prof. B.H. Siddiqui, Prof. Hamid-ud-Din and Prof. M. Saeed Sheikh have contributed to its development, growth and progress. In the recent past, Prof. Shahid Hussain, Dr. Muhammad Tufail Salik and Prof. Mirza Athar Baig led it to even higher prospects. During its long history, the Department has continued to be one of the most important centers of philosophical learning in South Asia, especially noted for the promotion of the spirit of free inquiry, intellectual pursuit and critical thinking. The Department has made significant contribution to the advancement of liberal and humanitarian values in the University. Keeping in view the demands of changing times the Department was renamed as Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2005; since it vows to create an interdisciplinary space for Philosophy in the academic arena through innovative and interactive teaching techniques. It is the only Department of its kind in Pakistan. The Department strives to provide an environment which could encourage philosophizing and intellectual skills in the students. The Department intends to situate Philosophy in indigenous setting and local milieu.

It is worth mentioning that the Department of Psychology, Government College Lahore also opened its eyes under the shadow of the Department of Philosophy in 1926.It continued to work under the Department of Philosophy till 1962, when it was given the status of a separate and independent Department.

In 2017 a new feather was added to the cap of the Department, that is, the commencement of B.A. Honours in Sociology, one of the most celebrated disciplines of Social Sciences. Due to the closest affinity with Philosophy, Sociology was first placed under the domain of the Philosophy until its own full-fledged Department was initiated in March 2019. It was warmly welcomed by the students as a large number of candidates sought admission in it.

FACILITIES

The Department possesses all the modern requisites of quality teaching and research. However, its real strength lies in the rich collection of latest books and journals available at the Central and Postgraduate Libraries.

Special Features

The Department has following special features:

Brett Philosophical Society

The oldest Society of the University provides the students and the staff with a platform for active and regular philosophical dialogue on contemporary issues.

Research Journal

Quest, the research journal of the Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies regularly publishes the research articles of renowned national and international scholars.

Research Groups / Research Strengths

The Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies has a strong practice of quality research since its inception in 1868. The Department is proud of its luminaries and celebrities. Even today the Department is carrying forward this practice with vigour and rigour. Currently following groups are busy with the relevant research activities:

  • Feminism;
  • Critical Theory;
  • Post-Colonial Theory;
  • Muslim Philosophy, Classical, Modern and Contemporary.

The Department has requisite human and material resources to conduct and guide quality research. The research papers of the faculty are finding place in the reputed national and international journals. The M.Phil theses of the students have gained high applause and acclaim from the external evaluators.

Academic Links

Following international links are in process and at various stages of maturity.

International National
Aligarh Muslim University, India; Centre for Social Justice;
Chittagong University, Bangladesh; National Commission for Justice and Peace;
Warwick University, UK; Rahnuma, Family Planning Association of Pakistan;
Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia; Loyolla Hall Jesuit Research Centre, Lahore.
Ministry of Education, Government of Italy;
Florence University, Italy;
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa University, Italy.

Career Scope/Opportunities

Due to their training in logic and conceptual analysis, our degree holders in Philosophy perform exceptionally well in the sectors of civil service and the interdisciplinary job market of NGOs and Print & Electronic Media, etc. Teaching is also an open choice of which the horizons are widening. Most recently many students of the Department have been employed in various sectors. Many are performing excellently in Law and Justice Department and also in Law-enforcing agencies.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

  • BA (Hons.)Philosophy;
  • Interdisciplinary Courses Morning Programme(13 in Semester III of B.A./B.Sc. Honours at the level of entire University);
  • Interdisciplinary Courses Evening Programme(07 in Semester III of B.A./B.Sc. Honours at the level of entire University);
  • M.Phil Philosophy.

Many new courses and revised syllabi have been introduced at BA (Hons.) level in the light of contemporary vision of Philosophy, not only as theoretical wisdom but also as the most powerful interdisciplinary discourse and explanatory practice. Similarly the Department is offering a number of new interdisciplinary courses in BA/BSc (Hons.) Programme to broaden their vision and inculcate philosophical insight in their respective areas of study.

 

The Department has the honour to introduce distinctive and exclusive courses in M.Phil, being offered by no other institution of higher learning in Pakistan. The Department intends to launch its PhD Programme in near future.

CURRICULAM

Year-1, Semester-I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL–1101 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Year-1, Semester-II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL–1201 Problems of Philosophy

3

Year-2, Semester-III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-2201 History of Greek Philosophy

3

Year-2, Semester-IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-2101 Philosophy and the Contemporary World

3

PHIL-2202 Theoretical Ethics

3

Year-3, Semester-V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-3101 Modern Western Philosophy-I

3

PHIL-3102 Logic-I

3

PHIL-3103 Classical Muslim Philosophy-I

3

PHIL-3104 Applied Ethics

3

Any one of the following:
PHIL-3105 Philosophy of Education

3

PHIL-3106 Epistemology and Metaphysics

3

PHIL-3107 Philosophy of Social Science

3

PHIL-3108 Philosophy of Art

3

PHIL-3109 Medieval Philosophy

3

Year-3, Semester-VI

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-3201 Modern Western Philosophy-II

3

PHIL-3202 Logic-II

3

PHIL-3203 Classical Muslim Philosophy-II

3

PHIL-3206 Induction and Science

3

Any one of the following:
PHIL-3207 Iqbal: Textual Study of Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam

3

PHIL-3205 Philosophy of History

3

PHIL-3208 Political Philosophy

3

PHIL-3209 Philosophy of Existential Literature

3

Year-4, Semester-VII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-4101 Continental Philosophy: Phenomenology and Existentialism

3

PHIL-4102 Marxism

3

PHIL-4103 Analytical Philosophy

3

PHIL-4110 Contemporary Muslim Thought

3

PHIL-4105 Philosophy of Religion

(Compulsory for those who do not opt for thesis).

3

PHIL-4299 Research Work / Thesis /Internship

3

Any One of the following

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-4106 Philosophy of Law

3

PHIL-4108 Philosophy of Language

3

PHIL-4109 Philosophy and Feminism

3

Year-4, Semester-VIII
PHIL-4201 Continental Philosophy: From Structuralism to Post-Modernism

3

PHIL-4202 Twentieth Century American Philosophy

3

PHIL-4203 Critical Theory

3

PHIL-4222 Contemporary Exposition of Sufi Doctrine

3

PHIL-4209 Special Philosopher: Bertrand Russell

(Compulsory for those who do not opt for thesis).

3

PHIL-4299 Research Work / Thesis / Internship

3

Any One of the following

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-4213 Business Ethics

3

PHIL-4214 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

3

PHIL-4215 Philosophy of Computing and Information

3

PHIL-4205 Philosophy of Literature

3

PHIL-4206 Post-Colonial Theory

3

PHIL-4207 Special Philosopher: Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

3

PHIL-4210 Special Philosopher: Ludwig Wittgenstein

3

PHIL-4211 Special Philosopher: Hegel

3

PHIL-4212 Special Philosopher: Heidegger

3

PHIL-4216 Special Philosopher: Alain Badiou

3

PHIL-4217 Special Philosopher: Slavoj Zizek

3

PHIL-4218 Special Philosopher: Immanuel Kant

3

PHIL-4219 Special Philosopher: Plato

3

PHI- 4220 Special Philosopher: Aristotle

3

PHIL-4221 Special Philosopher: Nietzsche

3

Philosophy as Allied Subject

Year-1, Semester-I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL–1101 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Year-1, Semester-II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL–1201 Problems of Philosophy

3

Year-2, Semester-III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-2201 History of Greek Philosophy

3

Year-2, Semester-IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-2101 Philosophy and the Contemporary World

3

Following interdisciplinary courses are being offered by the Department in B. A. / B. Sc. (Hons.) as compulsory courses for Morning Programme.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
IDC-1101 History of Civilization 3
IDC-1102 History of Science 3
IDC-1103 Classics of World Literature 3
IDC-1104 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
IDC-1105 Education, Culture and Society 3
IDC-1106 Lahore: History and Architecture 3
IDC-1107 Major Religions of the World 3
IDC-1108 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3
IDC-1109 Health and Sports 3
IDC-1110 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
IDC-1111 Information Science 3
IDC- 1112 Film, Media and Society 3
IDC-1113 Punjabi Zuban,Adab te saqafat (Punjabi) 3

 

Following interdisciplinary courses are being offered by the Department in B. A. / B. Sc. (Hons.) as compulsory courses for Evening Programme.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
IDC-1101 History of Civilization 3
IDC-1104 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
IDC-1106 Lahore: History and Architecture 3
IDC-1107 Major Religions of the World 3
IDC-1108 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3
IDC-1109 Health and Sports 3
IDC-1110 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
Year-1, Semester-I (Any four of the following)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-7101 Indian Philosophy

3

PHIL-7102 Philosophy of Science

3

PHIL-7103 Philosophy of Literature

3

PHIL-7104 Post-Colonial Theory

3

PHIL-7107 Hermeneutics

3

Year-1, Semester-II (Any four of the following)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-7203 Bio-Medical Ethics

3

PHIL-7205 Social Epistemology

3

PHIL-7206 Meta-philosophy

3

PHIL-7207 Philosophical Anthropology

3

PHIL-7208 Live Issues of the Contemporary Muslim Philosophy

3

PHIL-7209 Contemporary Muslim/Arab Philosophers

3

PHIL-7210 Political Thought in Classical Muslim Philosophy

3

Year-2, Semester-III & IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-7499 Thesis

12

FACULTY

Prof. Azam  Khan,
M.A. (PU)

Designation:
In-charge/Professor

Dr. Sobia Tahir,
PhD (PU), Post-doc. (Columbia University, New York, USA)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Mr. Yasir Sultan,
M. Phil (AIOU)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan,
PhD (Erfurt University, Germany)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Ms. Rubina Kokab,
M.Phil (GCUL)

Designation:
Lecturer

Ms. Sobia Jamil
M.Phil (GCUL)

Designation:
Lecturer

Ms. Shahram Sarwar,
M.Phil (PU)

Designation:
Lecturer

Prof. Athar Baig

Designation:
Distinguished Professor

Dr. Naheed Saeed

PhD (Karachi University, Karachi)

Designation:
Visiting

Humaira Maqsood

M.Phil GC University, Lahore)

Designation:
Visiting

Ms. Sana Iqbal,

 

Designation:
Visiting

Mr.Hafiz Saifullah,

M.Phil GC University, Lahore)

Designation:
Visiting

Ms. Arooj Humayun,

M.Sc., (Queen Mary University, London)

Designation:
Visiting