Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - Philosophy Major (May'2014)

Course: 201
(Western Philosophy - I)
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. Philosophy as the science of values is called metaphysics / axiology / theology.
  2. Rationalism is a theory of a priorism / aposteriorism / scepticism.
  3. Knowledge according to Ryle is practical / theoretical / applied.
  4. The positivists’ concept of meaning leads to elimination of metaphysics / empirical science / moral science.
  5. According to conceptualism universal is only a name / concrete idea / abstract idea.
  6. Locke / Berkeley / Hume say that substance is unknown and unknowable.
  7. ‘Treatise of Human Nature’ is the work of Descartes / Hume / Spinoza.
  8. Realists are supporters of correspondence / coherence / pragmatic theory of truth.
2. Write short notes on any four of the following: 4x4=16
  1. Relevance of philosophy.
  2. Classification of knowledge after Russell.
  3. Characteristics of conceptual space.
  4. Argument from polar concept.
  5. Pragmatic theory of truth.
3. Answer the following questions:
  1. Explain the nature of philosophy and determine its relation to epistemology. 6+6=12
“The sciences without philosophy are an aggregate without unity, a body without a soul, philosophy without the sciences, is a soul without a body……”.
Determine the relation between science and philosophy with reference to the above statement. 12
  1. Define knowledge and explain its various kinds. 2+9=11
Explain the necessary and sufficient conditions of propositional knowledge. 11
  1. Examine Locke’s empiricism as one of the theories of knowledge. 11
Discuss the nature and origin of space as a category of knowledge. 5+6=11
  1. Explain the problem of certainty of knowledge after scepticism. Is there any solution? Explain.    5+6=11
  2. Discuss fully the self-evident theory of truth. 11
What is universal? Examine the realistic theory of universals. 2+9=11