Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - Philosophy Major (May'2015)

Course: 201
(Western Philosophy - I)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32/24
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Find out the correct answer: 1x8=8
  1. The literal meaning of the term ‘Philosophy’ is love of learning / love of wisdom / love of thinking.
  2. ‘Knowing that’ is practical / theoretical / both practical and theoretical.
  3. “There is noting in the intellect which was not previously in the senses except the intellect itself.” It is the view of Locke / Hume / Leibnitz.
  4. Hume’s scepticism is known as associationism / a priorism / criticism.
  5. Solipsism / Behaviourism / Realism is a theory of presenting the problem of other mind forwarded by contemporary Philosophy.
  6. Time is one / two / three dimensional.
  7. ‘Problem of Philosophy’ is the work of Russell / James / Moore.
  8. The aim of philosophy should be linguistic analysis according to intuitionism / logical positivism / existentialism.
2. Write short notes on any four of the following: 4x4=16
  1. Axiology.
  2. Conditions of knowledge.
  3. Perceptual space and time.
  4. Traditional scepticism.
  5. Locke’s criticism against innate ideas.
3. Answer the following questions:
(a) Discuss the nature and scope of philosophy. 6+6=12
Determine the relation of philosophy to metaphysics and theology. 6+6=12
(b) What is knowledge? Explain the distinction between knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description. 2+9=11
What do you mean by propositional knowledge? Are all knowledge’s propositional? Explain the conditions to have the knowledge of a proposition. 2+1+8=11
(c) Explain priorism as one of the theories of knowledge. 11
What is category of knowledge? Explain substance as a category of knowledge. 2+9=11
(d) State the name of arguments against scepticism. Explain the presentation of contemporary thinkers to solve the problem of scepticism. 2+9=11
Critically examine the logical positivism as an anti-metaphysical theory. 11
(e) Critically evaluate nominalism as one of the theories universal. 11
Discuss the pragmatic theory of truth. Do you support it? Give reasons in favour of your position. 7+4=11