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.
After three consecutive tenures of DSA programme, the performance of the Department was reviewed by UGC on 27th and 28th December, 2006. The Department was upgraded as Centre of Advanced Study in Philosophy with effect from 1st April 2007 with two thrust areas: (I) Philosophy of Values and Applied Ethics: Emerging Perspectives and (II) Contemporary Trends in Philosophy.
To promote rational outlook and critical thinking amongst people in general and the youth in particular so as to shape a dogma-free, just and equitable social order.
To be a centre of excellence in teaching, research and innovative social interface.To promote rationality and critical thinking in the students.To focus on interdisciplinary research involving social and natural sciences.To foster study and research in applied ethics.
Philosophy of Values and Applied Ethics: Emerging Perspectives.Philosophy of Cognition.Logic and Critical Thinking.Philosophy of Social Science.Reinterpretation of Classical Indian Philosophy from Analytical Perspective