UPPSC Philosophy Syllabus

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History and Problems of Philosophy: (Section-A)

  1. Plato: Theory of ideas.

  2. Aristotle: Form, matter and Causation.

  3. Descartes: Method, soul, God, Mind-Body dualism.

  4. Spinoza: Substance, Attributes and Modes, Pantheism.

  5. Leibnitz: Monads, God.

  6. Locke: Theory of knowledge, Rejection of Innate Ideas, Substance and Qualities.

  7. Berkeley: Refuta-tion of Matter, idealism.

  8. Hume: Theory of knowledge, Scepticism, Self, Casuality.

  9. Kant: Apriori andaposteriori knowledge, analytic and synthetic judgement, possibility of synthic apriori judgement, space, timer categories, ideas of Reason, Criticism of the proofs for the existence God.

  10. Hegal: DialecticalMethod, Absoulte ideaism.

  11. It Includes

    1. Moore: Defence of Common sense, Refutation of idealism.

    2. Russell: Theory of Descriptions, Incomplete Symbols.

  12. Logical: Atomic Facts, Elementary Propositions, PictureAtomism (Wittgenstein) Theory of Meaning, Distinction of saying and showing.

  13. Logical Positivism: Verification Theory. Rejection of Metaphysics, positivism Linguistic Theory of Necessary Propositions.

  14. Phenomenology: Husserl

  15. Existentialism: Kicrkegaard, sartres.

  16. Quine: Radical Translation.

  17. Strawson: Theory of Person.


  1. Charvak: Theory of knowledge, Materialism.

  2. Jainism: Theory of Reality. Syadvada and Saptabhanginaya, bondage and liberation.

  3. Buddhism: Pratityasamutpada, Ksanikakvada, Nairiatmyvada, Schools of Budhism.

  4. Sankhya: Prakriti, Purusa, Theory of Causation, Liberation

  5. Nyaya-Vaisesika: Pramanas, Self, Lib-eration, Nature of God and proofs for existence of God. Categories, Theory of causation, Atomism.

  6. Mimansa: Theory of knowledge, Prama, Pramanas, svatahpramanyavada.

  7. Vedants: Sankara, Ramaujaand Madhva (Brahma, Isvara, Atma Jiva, Jagat, Maya, Avidya, Adhyasa, Moksha).


Socio Political Pholisophy and Philosophy of Religion


  1. Political Ideals: Equality, Justice, Liberty

  2. Sovereignty

  3. Individual and State

  4. Democracy: Conceptand forms

  5. Socialism and Marxism

  6. Humanism

  7. Secularism

  8. Theories of Punishment

  9. Violence, non-violence, Sarvodaya

  10. Gender-Equality

  11. Scientific Temper and Progress

  12. Philosophy of Ecology


  1. Religion; Theology and philosophy of Religion

  2. Religion and Morality

  3. Notions of God; Personalistic, impersonalistic, Natuaralistic.

  4. Proofs for the existence of God.

  5. Immoratility of Soul

  6. Liberation

  7. Religious knowledge; Reasons, Revelation and Mysticism

  8. Religion without God

  9. Problem of Evil

  10. Religious olerance.

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