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Academic Contributorsphilosophy

Daniel Wee (Coordinator)


Philosophy is one of the most ancient and most enduring disciplines. All great modern universities have one thing in common: they all have first rate philosophy programmes. Philosophy is the discipline where we try to understand our own nature and its mysteries, the mysteries and nature of the cosmos around us, and the mysteries of human relations; and we aim to unite knowledge of the three into a coherent whole. In philosophy we study the most profound and most stimulating of all questions:

What can I know?

What can I do?

What can I hope?

In our various philosophy modules we take up these and similar questions in various contexts.

Philosophy is offered at FASS and is part of the Generation Next initiative of UBD. It replaces and expands on the erstwhile university wide compulsory course in Logic and Thinking. Currently, we are offering various breadth courses for students across the University as well as core courses which are part of different programmes offered by FASS. Students may take one or more of these modules as appropriate.


We also offer wide ranging interdisciplinary modules targeted at different faculties throughout the university and other programmes within FASS. In this regard, we offer stimulating modules dealing with issues at the intersection of science, philosophy and technology; modules concentrating on issues at the intersection of economics, philosophy and business; modules investigating the link between the environment and different conceptions of nature; and finally modules dealing with issues at the intersection of media, communication and philosophy. We also plan to offer many other interdisciplinary modules in the future in addition to modules in Islamic Philosophy and Thought and Asian Philosophy.


People are attracted to and study philosophy for diverse reasons. Some take philosophy because of their interest in the deeper questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life while others pursue it for its historical interest. Philosophy generally helps develop interpretive and analytic powers, enhances one’s abstractive capacities, teaches research and synthetic skills, and grooms communication skills. All these qualities are indispensable for studying any discipline and are integral to practical life. Hence, almost every student will benefit in one or another way by taking a module or two in philosophy. Philosophy staff members are pleased to discuss individual student needs and advise on modules suitable for individual needs.


Level 1000 - Foundation Year

Semester 1 Semester 2
AP-1401 An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy AP-1401 An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy
AP-1402 Introduction to Reasoning and Critical Thinking AP-1403 Central Issues in Philosophy
AP-1403 Central Issues in Philosophy AP-1404 Business Ethics
  AP-1406 Issues in Contemporary Islamic Thought

Level 2000 - Establishment Year

Semester 1 Semester 2
AP-2401 Philosophical Ethics AP-2403 History of Modern Philosophy II: From Hegel to Postmodernism
AP-2402 History of Modern Philosophy I: From Descartes to Kant AP-2404 Philosophical Reflections on Life and Death

Level 3000 - Discovery Year

Semester 1 Semester 2
AP-3402 Self: A Philosophical Enquiry AP-3401 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  AP-3403 Introduction to Wittgenstein's Philosophy