Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Foundations of Indian Philosophy

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Ajit Abhyankar Major/Minor 4 Philosophy Major/Minor  


This course aims at introducing students to the foundations of Indian philosophy and will focus, like the previous course, on metaphysics and epistemology. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the Indian philosophical landscape and its relation to western philosophy and modern Indian thought. A school based approach will be taken and students will be familiarized with over six schools of Indian philosophy.

 Course Objectives 

  • To discuss various prominent themes and schools of thought in Indian Philosophy
  • To explain the nature of Indian Philosophy with some comparisons to Western thought.
  • To be able to restate and critically analyze the significance of philosophical thought to Indian Civilization through the ages
  • To indicate the place of Indian Philosophy in today’s intellectual and social context. 

 Teaching Methodology 

  • Interactive class discussions on every concept. Small class size
  • Use of articles, news clipping, videos, etc. to further explain concept i.e. enable a practical understanding of the concept.
  • Evaluations are conducted throughout the semester to ensure that the students’ learning outcomes are appraised. 


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!