Department of Philosophy
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, existence, knowledge, values, mind, and language.
The Department of Philosophy is one of the two oldest Departments in Utkal University. The Department came into being in 1957 to impart Post Graduate teaching in Indian and Western Philosophy, classical and modern and encourage advance research in both the areas. Since its inception, it has grown under the able stewardship of scholars like Prof. Ratnakar Pati and Prof. Ganeswar Mishra. The Department came to limelight for its pioneering studies and research in the field of Analytical Philosophy with special emphasis on the Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Russell, Ayer, Ryle, Austin and Wisdom. Subsequently special papers in Philosophy of Language, Advaita Vedanta, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion and Meta Ethics were taught which afforded opportunity for scholars and teachers to make new inroads in these areas. It is also one of the lead Departments in the country to have introduced Applied Philosophy and Practical Ethics in M.A. and M.Phil. respectively. The syllabus was revised as per the outlines of the U.G.C. which lent the opportunity to update the syllabus incorporating contemporary issues and debates in philosophy.