Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Foundations of Western Philosophy

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Aditya Nain Major/Minor 4 Philosophy Major/Minor 3


This course aims at introducing students to the foundations of western philosophy and will focus on metaphysics and epistemology as forming the basis for philosophy in general. Students will gain an in depth understanding of the nature and significance of philosophical thought through a historical approach. Also, as part of the course, students will appreciate the place occupied by philosophy in the development of other fields of study and will be familiarized with various schools of thought and their lasting significance.

 Course Objectives 

  • To explain various prominent themes and thinkers in the history of western philosophy
  • To get a feel of the depth, rigor and precision that forms a part of the thinkers studied
  • To discuss philosophy in the history of ideas in the western world
  • To be able to distinguish and critically analyze the significance / insignificance of the various schools studied
  • To be able to restate and apply the various perspectives of thought studied in class to contemporary issues and topics

 Teaching Methodology 

  • Interactive class discussions on every concept. Small class size
  • Evaluations are conducted throughout the semester to ensure that the students’ learning outcomes are appraised.


Students are expected to –

  • Follow the course by studying all the required readings
  • Submit all required assignments as detailed in the course packet available online, an invitation to which will be emailed to them.
  • Follow the online course home-page in order to keep updated with possible changes in class timings, assignment submission dates, etc.
  • Strictly adhere to deadlines for the submission of all assignments.