Gauhati University Question Papers:PHILOSOPHY (General) (Indian Philosophy) (May-June’ 2016)

Gauhati University Question Papers
PHILOSOPHY (May-June’ 2016)
(Indian Philosophy)
Full Marks: 80
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Answer either in English or Assamese
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
1. Answer the following questions/Choose the correct answer/Fill in the blank:                                                 1x10=10

a)         What is the meaning of Astika?
b)         By virtue of nature, Carvaka is a _____ philosophical system.
c)          Who was the founder of Buddhism?
d)         There are two/three/four noble truths in Buddhism.
e)         The Carvaka recognizes the authority of the Vedas. Is it true?
f)          Who is the founder of Jaina philosophy?
g)         Jaina metaphysics is _____ in nature.
h)         Buddhism is Vedic/non-Vedic system.
i)           In Jainism, liberated persons are known as _____.
j)           Who was the first tirthankara according to Jaina Philosophy?
2. Give short answers of the following:                                  2x5=10
a)         What are the Astika systems?
b)         Why does Carvaka philosophy known as materialism?
c)          What is the meaning of the word ‘Jaina’?
d)         What are the four noble truths of Buddha Philosophy?
e)         Name different schools of Buddhism.
3. Write on/Answer the following (any four):                                      5x4=20
a)         Jaina theory of Anekantavada.
b)         Mention the different paths of the noble eight-fold paths.
c)          ‘No-soul’ theory of Buddhism.
d)         Explain how the Carvaka reject the validity of testimony.
e)         Explain the Astika-Nastika dichotomy in Indian Philosophy.
4. Answer any four of the following:                                                       10x4=40
a)         Explain the nature of Indian Philosophy.
b)         Why do the Carvakas recognize perception as the only source of valid knowledge? Explain.
c)          Do you consider Carvaka materialism as satisfactory?
d)         Explain and examine the Buddhistic doctrine of Pratityasamutpada.
e)         What is Nirvana according to Buddha philosophy? Write down the difference between Upadhises Nirvana and Anupadhises Nirvana.                    2+8=10
f)          Explain and examine Jaina theory of Syadvada.
g)         Bring out the significance of Jaina ethics.


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