Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BA 2nd Semester Question Papers: Western Philosophy – I (May' 2017)

2017 (May)
Course: 201
(Western Philosophy – I)
Full marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32/24
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
1. Choose the correct answer:                                   1x8=8
a)      “Philosophy is the science and criticism of cognition.” Said by Plato/Kant.
b)      According to Descartes, ideas are of two/three kinds.
c)       According to Spinoza/Leibnitz, all ideas are innate.
d)      Locke said that, primary qualities are objective/subjective.
e)      According to Kant, categories of knowledge are 10/12.
f)       The coherence theory of truth is supported by realists/idealists.
g)      “Whatever is real is rational, whatever is rational is real” is said by Kant/Hegel.
h)      Jean-Paul Sartre is a theist/atheist existentialist philosopher.
2. Write short notes on (any four):                           4x4=16
a)      Characteristics of time.
b)      Naïve realism.
c)       Logical positivism.
d)      Rationalists’ view on substance.
e)      Existentialism.

3. What do you mean by philosophy? Explain the scope of philosophy. What is the relation between philosophy and axiology?                             2+6+6=14
Define philosophy. Explain the relation between philosophy and epistemology. Is philosophy relevant?                          2+8+4=14
4. Explain empiricism as a theory of origin of knowledge.                               14
Explain skepticism as a theory of origin of knowledge.                                    14
5. What are the fundamental categories of knowledge? What is causality as a category of knowledge? Explain the empirical view of causality.                                             2+6+6=14
How many theories are there regarding truth and what are they? Explain pragmatism as a theory of truth. Is it acceptable?                                                4+8+2=14
6. What is realism? What are its characteristics? Explain neo-realism.                       2+4+8=14
Critically explain the subjective idealism of Berkeley.                                                      14

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