The Department of Philosophy is resolved to create an academic platform for philosophical exchange while preserving the nuances of philosophical practice in a diverse academic and professional environment. The Department of Philosophy complements to the Humanities discourses on scientific investigation on the aspects of human nature, existence and experience; and presents a systematic and an essentially self-reflexive enquiry to understand the nature of self and the world, while elaborating on the process of understanding or knowledge itself. The Department of Philosophy engages with the philosophical approaches that involve critically engaging with the concepts of material and metaphysical being, self and experience, truth and logical reasoning, while integrating relevant historical elements – thus advancing intellectual discourses.
As a constituent of the Faculty of Liberal Arts – Humanities and Social Sciences at MAHE, an Institution of Eminence in India, The Department of Philosophy is determined to accentuate intellectual openness rooted in classical and contemporary traditions by embracing a trans-disciplinary perspective.
Established as the Dvaita Philosophy Resource Centre (DPRC) in 2010, it has been a part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES), with the funding from the Delegation of the European Union to India. The Centre has been effectuating knowledge-sharing experiences between Europe and India and creating an international platform for Indian intellectual traditions; the Centre attained the recognition as the Department in 2019. Thereon, the Department is envisioned to promote Indian Intellectual traditions, particularly Dvaita Vedanta, which originated in the region of Udupi-Manipal. In principle, the Department adheres to the long-term plan of integrating Indian philosophical traditions in the contemporary intellectual continuum.
The Department of Philosophy incorporates teaching and research activities in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences through academic programs, projects, publications and events. The Department of Philosophy offers two Master’s program in Indian Philosophy and Sanskrit Studies along with one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Indian Philosophy and Sanskrit Studies, as of 2020. It also offers a variety of elective/certificate courses in multiple areas of humanities.