Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:PHILOSOPHY (Major) (History of Western Philosophy)' November-2015

Course: 503
(History of Western Philosophy)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Find out the correct answer: 1x8=8
  1. Pythagoreans are interested in quantitative/qualitative relations.
  2. ‘Republic’ is the work of Plato/Aristotle.
  3. Socratic philosophical method is sceptical/critical.
  4. “All determination is negation.” This is the statement of Leibnitz/Spinoza.
  5. “Transcendental Aesthetic’ is a part of critique of pure reason/critique of practical reason.
  6. “Treatise on human nature” is the work of Locke/Hume.
  7. For Spinoza God as the cause is natura naturans/natura naturata.
  8. Panentheism is advocated by Descartes/Hegel.
2. Write short notes on the following (any four): 4x4=16
  1. Sophistic Movement.
  2. Self in Plato’s thought.
  3. Pantheism.
  4. Impression and Ideas.
  5. Constructive Dialectic method.
3. Explain the number theory of Pythagoras. 11
Write an explanatory note on the concept of virtue and knowledge after Socrates. 11
4. Discuss Aristotle’s view on form and matter. 11
Explain the philosophical importance of Plato’s theory of Ideas. 11
5. What is the role of innate ideas in Descartes philosophy? Are they sufficient for deducing certain knowledge in philosophy? 6+5=11
What is substance in Spinoza’s philosophy? Explain its relation to attributes and modes. 2+9=11
6. Critically explain the negative aspect of Locke’s theory of knowledge. 11
Explain and examine Berkeley’s subjective idealism. Is it Solipsism? 9+2=11
7. How many categories are accepted by Kant? Enumerate the categories through their transcendental deduction.      1+11=12
Explain and examine absolute idealism of Hegel. 12


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