Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NATIONAL SEMINARY DIPLOMA IN PHILOSOPHY (NSDP), 2014-2015 (WRITTEN EXAMINATION)


1.      EPISTEMOLOGY

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines knowledge as justified true belief In the light of this statement explain the significance of evidence in epistemic justification.

2.      ETHICS

"If there is an end for all that we do. This will be the good achievable by action. and if there are more than one. these will be the goods achievable by action ... Since there are evidently more than one end, and we choose some of these (e.g. wealth. flute and in general instruments) for the sake of something else, clearly not all ends are complete ends; but the chief good is evidently something complete."[Nicomachean Ethics, Book I, 7(1097a)].
Comment on this Aristotelian saying while explaining different kinds of the ends of human action and their characteristic features: with an especial reference to the Ultimate end of man.

3.        METAPHYSICS

The concept of being is the most simple, most undetermined and most potential of all concepts. Explain the meaning of this statement with reference to the comprehension and extension of the
concept of being
.

4.      NATURAL THEOLOGY

St. Thomas Aquinas says. "I answer that. .. and from every effect the existence of its proper cause can be demonstrated, so long as its effects are better known to us: because since every effect depends upon its cause, if the effect exists, the cause must pre-exist." (ST 1. q 2. (J 2).

Discuss in detail the cosmological argument to demonstrate the existence of God with speciareference to the "Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas"?

5.      PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY

What does the Philosophical investigation of Life reveals to us?

6.      SOCIOLOGY

Although the basic human needs are the same, how these needs are satisfied is indicated by cultures. Every society in the world has a culture of its own. Each of them is different from one another. Every culture has its own inherent characteristics. Discuss the causes for this change in line with the three main factors affecting the formation of the culture.