Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY  SUBJECTS

PHILOSOPHY SUBJECTS

(Synopsis of the Courses)

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY AND LOGIC

(Lectures: 68) (Seminary Exam)

This course takes upon the task of presenting a general Introduction to Philosophy and follows it up with an introduction to classical logic.

In the first part, we strive to initiate our students into the activity of Philosophizing. The course is shaped by pragmatic and programmatic concerns so that the entire course serves to build a pre-understanding for the entire programme of Philosophy. In the second part, we take up the traditional Aristotelian logic. The course concentrates on the three acts of our mind, in so far as they are directed towards obtaining correct knowledge.                       Rev. Dr. Victor Ferrão 

HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY I

(Lectures: 48) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

This course aims at providing a general perspective of how some of the Western wise men grappled with some of the perennial issues that have vexed the human mind of every age. The course is divided into two parts; the first part deals with ancient (mainly the Greek) thinkers, while the second part presents how the ideas of the ancient wise men were assimilated and adopted by some brilliant thinkers of the Middle ages. Lest the course becomes merely a report of the past, in a special way, we focus on how these ancient and medieval thinkers have shaped and influenced our modes of thought, today.                      Rev. Sunoj K.M. op

HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY II

(Lectures: 39) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

In this course we continue our survey of the Western thought. This course is made up of two parts. The first part deals with what is called as ‘Modern Philosophy’ (i.e. from the Renaissance to Kant). In the second part, we discuss the full flowering of ‘Modernism’. Hence we will discuss some schools of thought, such as Idealism, Positivism and Analytic Philosophy (I).       Rev. Dr.  Victor Ferrão 

HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY III

(Lectures: 74) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

In this course, we continue our survey of the Western thought. This course is made up of two parts. The first part studies How Modern Philosophy undergoes its decadence. Hence we will study schools of thought like Phenomenology, Existentialism. Analytic Philosophy (II). In the second part we discuss How Modernism is being re-constructed in contemporary philosophy. Hence we will discuss topics like Hermeneutics, process philosophy, structuralism, post structuralism and postmodernism. We shall also consider the critical theory of the Frankfurt School with the special emphasis on Habermas.                                                   Rev. Dr.  Victor Ferrão

 PHILOSOPHY OF BEING / METAPHYSICS

(Lectures: 41) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

This course tries to understand the relevance of metaphysics for a sound Philosophical and Christian understanding of the world, humanity and God. It takes up the quest of the meaning of being that is fundamental in every philosophical tradition. Hence we attempt to make a critical and reflective inquiry into the mystery of being and beings with a special emphasis on the transcendental method of Joseph Marechal and Martin Heidegger. It also strives to introduce the students to the modes of Indian metaphysical thinking.                                                                                  Rev. Dr. Victor Ferrão

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

(Lectures: 69) ((IGNOU Exam))

We are living in a world of Science and Technology. Our country has made tremendous progress in the field of Science and Technology. Hence, it has become imperative to understand its impacts and influence on our life. The course on Science and Technology attempts to bring about a philosophical appropriation of the growing world of the world of Science and Technology.  Rev. Noel D’Costa

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

(Lectures: 41) ((IGNOU Exam))

Family is the vital cell of our society. Family life education builds on the strengths as well as considers the challenges faced by families today and attempt to evolve ways of assisting them to respond to them so that every family is led to read its highest potential and is able to live its vocation to the fullest.                  Rev. Kenneth Teles

INDIAN PHILOSOPHY I

(Lectures: 30) (Seminary Exam)

The introductory course in Indian Philosophy initiates the students to the emergence and growth of rich intuitive and mystical wisdom of India. It is meant to motivate them to develop an appreciation of Indian thought and openness to inculturation. The course gives a bird’s eye view of Indian Philosophy and then goes on to discuss its salient features, the methods of philosophising in India and the Vedic thought with special reference to the Upanishads. It also analyses the philosophical overview of the three heterodox (nastika) schools – Carvaka, Jaina and Bauddha.           Ms. Dr. Roshida Rodrigues 

INDIAN PHILOSOPHY II

(Lectures: 40) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

It aims to appraise the students of the trends in Indian Philosophy and stimulate philosophising in the Indian context. We attempt to analyse and critically appreciate the contribution of the six classical systems (Darsanas) of Indian Philosophy, viz., Nayaya, Vaisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimansa and Vedanta. The various schools are dealt by focussing on their main philosophical themes of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and anthropology and also their converging and diverging points of view of reality. This course also familiarizes the students with the modern and contemporary trends of Indian thought. The philosophical insights of some outstanding modern and contemporary thinkers are critically discussed.                                            Ms. Dr. Roshida Rodrigues                                                  

RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

(Lectures: 71) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

This course tries to expose the students to the phenomenon of religious pluralism in our country with a view to create a sense of openness to the seeds of the gospel prevalent in other religions. This attempt to some extent will empower the students to launch in the ministry of inter-religious dialogue. After briefly outlining the Catholic Church’s teachings on its relationship to other religions, we attempt to understand the main tenets, philosophy, sacred texts, beliefs and practices, festivals, symbols, etc. of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. The course ends with a brief summary of some other religions like, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism and Tribal Religions.                               Rev. Noel D’Costa 

MORAL PHILOSOPHY / ETHICS

(Lectures: 42) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

Ethics concerns every human person. Ethical problems confront everybody. Life is not a straight and simple path upon which it is possible to proceed thoughtlessly, unknowingly, unhindered and without struggle at a constant speed. At every step in life, we have to take decisions. Beginning with the nature and scope of ethics we intend to study the various theories of moral standard, the nature of human acts and the various factors that determine its morality. The fundamental notions of human freedom, responsibility, rights and duties and law are discussed from a philosophical perspective. Certain questions in sexual, familial, professional and international ethics are deliberated in this course.                   Rev. Nelson Lobo ofm cap 

SOCIOLOGY

(Lectures: 54) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

Its aim is to prepare the students to face a post-modern society with new problems and riddles in the light of the scientific principles, as well as in the light of the Gospel values and the social teaching of the Church. It includes sociological methods and theories of Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Wilfredo Pareto, Max Weber, Herbert Spencer, Pitrim A. Sorokin, Charles Horton Cooley, Ferdinand Tönnies and Thoerstein Weblen. It studies also human basic rights, heredity laws, genetic theory, ecology, family and marriage, status of women, social stratification, social change and deviation, urban and rural communities, population problem, work, strike, trade union, planning in India, co-operative movement, social analysis and study of social problems in the world, in India and in Goa, as well as the social structure of pre-Portuguese economic, .social and political structures in Goa (“village communities”). The Social Teaching of the Church, with its socio-political background, ethical principles, guidelines and strategies. Study tour or field work will crown the course.                                      Rev. Edmund Barreto 

EPISTEMOLOGY / PHILOSOPHY OF KNOWLEDGE

(Lectures: 62) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

The question, “What is knowledge?” is basic to any philosophical inquiry. Hence this course attempts a philosophical treatment of the nature, scope, sources and limitations of human knowledge. It provides a philosophical treatment of the nature, types and the various classical theories of truth. The students are also initiated to the understanding of Hermeneutics and its relationship to Epistemology. Finally, we attempt to understand critically the phenomenon of religious knowledge and language.                                                                              Ms. Dr. Roshida Rodrigues

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY

(Lectures: 77) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

This course is made up of two main parts. The first one deals with cosmology while the second attempts to take up the meta-cosmological reflections. We follow the historico-critical method and try to understand the changing conceptions of humans as regard the origin, the nature and the end of the cosmos. In the second part, we enter the Arena of Philosophy of Science in the strict sense as we study the four schools of Philosophy of Science, along with a consideration of the concepts like observation, experimentation, explanation, confirmation, etc. We close our reflection with a serious note on the meeting points between Western Science and eastern mysticism.                                                        Rev. Noel D’Costa                                                              

ANTHROPOLOGY / PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN PERSON

(Lectures: 31) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

Every act of philosophizing presupposes an understanding of human person. This course endeavours to provide us with the necessary framework to actualise and appreciate our vocation as persons and to build up human communities where human persons are treated in a holistic manner. Thus, the human person is studied in his/her commonality (similarities with other beings) as well as in his/her uniqueness. The human person is discussed both from the Indian as well as from the Western context. Finally, we try to focus on the salient features of philosophical anthropology like human freedom, love, religious quest and life after death thereby attempting to situate the human person in an integral paradigm.  Rev. Dr. Dolreich Pereira

PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

(Lectures: 38) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

This treatise strives to make a Philosophical study of God. Since people experience, understand and generally live their relationship with the divine within the framework of religion, the course surveys the phenomenon of religion and moves on to God-in-himself. We further take up the study of God as related-to-us where we attempt to grapple with the mystery of creation, human freedom and the problem of evil. Finally we consider some related issues like the problems of religious experience and religious language and verification of the same.                                                                                                                     Rev. Dr. Maxim Pinto

TRIBAL AND DALIT PHILOSOPHY

(Lectures: 46) (IGNOU Exam)

Our country has the largest concentration of tribals in the world. This gigantic population is distributed into nearly 500 tribes and sub-tribes all over the country. Along with them we have a large section of our people who live as oppressed castes and communities, suffering at the hands of the culture of caste, superstition and exploitation of the high castes in our society. This Course will attempt to curl out a view of life (Philosophy of Life) of the tribal and the depressed people of our country, seeks ways and means to understand these socially de-recognized people and propose some ways of seeking some affirmative solutions to their plight.                                                               Rev. Joseph Fernandes, sac 

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

(Lectures: 68) ((IGNOU Exam))

Human beings of every race and colour possess identical abilities. Humans share biological, intellectual, creative and cultural abilities. This course on Humanities and Social Sciences attempts to study this evolutionary pilgrimage of the humans from stone age to the electronic-nuclear age.                                     Mr. Sachin Moraes 

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

(Lectures: 52) (Seminary Exam)

This course concentrates on the developmental psychology and attempts to provide an insight into the different pedagogical approaches. This course tries to prepare the seminarian to accompany the children/students in the parish catechetical ministry as well as the school ministry in the future.     

COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY

(Lectures: 40) (Seminary Exam)

Counselling is an indispensable Pastoral skill. This course introduces the students to various counselling therapies that address emotion, social, developmental concerns, and presents ways of responding to series of mental illness, and indicate ways and means to alleviate distress and resolve crisis.                                 Ms. Rohelle Periera

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

(Lectures: 44) (Seminary Exam)

The Course attempts to understand Psychopathology and abnormal behaviour. It covers a broad range of disorders from depression to obsession-compulsion to deviation and indicates ways and means to respond to these Psychopathologies.                 Ms. Sandya Menezes

 

SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL ACTION

(Lectures: 24) (No Exam)

Social Work and Social Action is not peripheral but constitutes our Catholic faith. Guided by the social teachings of the Catholic Church, this course attempts to introduce the seminarians to social work and social action.                           Rev. Maverick Fernande

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA

(Lectures: 20) (No Exam)

One can never overstate the importance of Social Communication in the formation of our future priests and Church leaders. Several documents of the Church have called Seminaries to integrate Social Communication in the priestly formation. In view of the same, this course intends to introduce the students to the World of Social Communications with a special focus on communications for Pastoral leadership. Rev. Dr. Alllan Tavares sfx

HISTORY OF SALVATION

(Lectures: 48) (Seminary Exam)

This course will initiate us into the mystery of God’s Love and His Salvific plan for humankind made manifest in the history of the Old and the New Israel. Celebration of important salvific events in form of various festivals will be dealt with. The mystery of Christ will be focused on the basis of the teachings found in the Canonical Gospels, Salvific words and deeds of Jesus will be given due importance and different facets of the life of Jesus will be analysed. The mystery of the Church will be seen in the light of the Acts of the Apostles and Lumen Gentium. A special reference to priesthood and priestly formation as spelt out in Presbyterorum Ordinis, Optatam Totius, Pastores Dabo Vobis, the Charter of Priestly Formation for India and the Statement of the Diocesan Synod will contribute positively towards our own formation.                             Rev. Mariano D’Costa

                                                                                         

ARCHAEOLOGY AND SACRED ART

(Lectures: 24) (Seminary Exam)

The Church of Goa is blessed with several magnificent churches and religious structures. This course attempts to equip the seminarians to appreciate the Sacred Art with a special emphasis on the way it adorns our Churches in Goa. It will also delve on conservation and preservation of our heritage for the future. Rev. Randal Barreto, sfx                                                                                     

METHODOLOGY OF STUDY AND SCIENTIFIC WORK

(Lectures: 17) (No Exam)

One can get nowhere without a method; if a method is a bad one, it results in useless work and sometimes even injures the mind. On the other hand, a good method disciplines the mind and leads it to the truth often with a minimum of effort.

This course is divided into two parts: in the first part, we shall try to evolve a methodology for effective study and in the second, we shall focus on the methodology of reading, writing and analysing a scientific work.                                          Rev. Simião Fernandes

COMMUNITY NUTRITION

(Lectures: 28) (IGNOU Exam)

Good nutrition is essential for the good health of the individual and in turn of the community, This course attempts to help the seminarians to study the importance of a balanced diet that provides healthy nutrition in view of their future pastoral ministry. Rev. Joaquim Rebello 

BASIC ACCOUNTANCY

(Lectures: 28) (No Exam)

Priests, besides being pastors, are also administrators of the material/temporal goods and properties of the Church/parish. This course introduces the seminarians into the world of Book Keeping and Accountancy, in view of this important responsibility. Rev. Dominic D’Souza 

LITURGY: GENERAL INTRODUCTION AND LITURGICAL YEAR

(Lectures: 21) (Seminary Exam)

This short course will be divided into two parts: the first part will orient our minds to the history of Liturgy and the main periods of the evolution of the Roman Rite with due importance to the nature and importance of Liturgy; Postures and gestures, objects and vestments, common formulas and the qualities of participation, and the twelve points of adaptation will be emphasized. The second part will introduce the students to the Liturgical Year with much focus on Liturgical Days and Seasons.               Rev. Simião Fernandes

MUSIC I

(Lectures: 30) (Seminary Exam)

This course deals with the stave, writing of high and low notes, Treble and Bass clefs, Middle C, Notes in treble and bass clefs, Note values, rests, bars, bar lines and time signatures, Tones and Semitones, Accidentals, Keys-C, G and F major, Key Signatures, intervals, Circle of 5ths, Arpeggios, Grouping of notes and beaming quavers, Grouping of rests, Ostinato, some musical words and symbols. Singing exercises from Solfeggio Exercises Vol. IA by Albert Lavignac.                                           Rev. Simon D’Cunha

 

MUSIC II

(Lectures: 23) (Seminary Exam)

This course will introduce some more notes in treble and bass: clefs. It will also impart knowledge with regard quaver rest, some more time signatures, slow and fast beats, syncopation, natural and harmonic minor scales of A, D and E minors, intervals in major and minor 2nds  and 3rds, first inversions, minor arpeggios, Broken Chords, perfect intervals, circle of 5ths – major and minor keys, sequences, transposing tunes up or down an octave, writing own tunes to a given rhythm, voice ranges, some more musical words and symbols, and analysis. Singing exercises in treble and bass clefs from Solfeggio Exercises Vol. IA by Albert Lavignac (continued from Part I).   Rev. Simon D’Cunha 

MUSIC III

(Lectures: 18) (Seminary Exam)

This course deals with compound time signatures, grouping notes and rests in 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8, anacrusis, quaver triplets, grouping of quaver triplet rests, melodic minor scale, second inversions of tonic triads, working out the key of a piece, intervals-major and minor 6ths and 7ths, dominant triads in major and minor keys and chord progression. Singing of some hymns/bhajans with various time signatures musical words and symbols. Singing exercises in treble and bass clefs from Solfeggio Exercises Vol. IA by Albert Lavignac. (continued from Part II).                                   Rev. Simon D’Cunha 

ENGLISH I

(Lectures: 36) (Seminary and IGNOU Exam)

This course is part one of the foundation course in English. It deals with reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and usage, and writing, which also include conversation and pronunciation.                                                   Ms. Maggie Pereira 

ENGLISH II

(Lectures: 35) (Seminary Exam)

This course is part two of the foundation course in English. It deals with (i) the writings of paragraphs i.e. the topic of the sentence, how the topic is developed, the coherence in the paragraph and the transitional devices used; (ii) the development of a paragraph i.e. illustration, description, cause and effect, definition, comparison and contrast; (iii) the writing of a composition i.e. types of composition, what is required to write a good composition; (iv) the writing of a expository composition and the various methods used in its development.                                                      Ms. Maggie Pereira 

INTRODUCTION TO PORTUGUESE

(Lectures: 54) (Seminary Exam)

The colonial past has left its mark on the Goan society. The ecclesiastical archives with birth, marriage, etc. records of pre-1961 period continue to exist in the Portuguese language. This course introduces the seminarians to the basics of the Portuguese language in view of the practical utility of reading and understanding the Church records and documents.                      Ms. Fernanda Colaço 

CATECHETICS

(Lectures:  25) (No Exam)

On Sundays, the seminarians frequent the nearby parishes in order help in the organisation of the liturgy of the mass and teach catechism to the children. Hence, this course gives them some practical inputs on what is Catechesis; how to prepare a catechism talk/class; the methodology of giving a catechism talk/class, etc as well as inputs on the resource material that needs to be necessarily referred to and used while preparing and giving the catechism talk/class.                                                    Rev. Arvino Fernandes

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

(Lectures: 22) (No Exam)

This course imparts to the seminarians the rules of writing as speech/talk and the skills of public communication by means of breathing exercises, voice training, proper articulation of words, etc. The student is also enabled to overcome stage-fear by practically giving a speech/talk and face the public. This course is a sort of a prelude for the course on homiletics in the theology section. Ms Priya Almeida

 

ADVANCED KONKANI

(Lectures: 27) (No Exam)

Konkani, being the mother tongue of Goans, is the chief liturgical and pastoral language of our Archdiocese. Although the seminarians study the language at the school and even at the college level, this course attempts to help the students to study how to apply/use the linguistic skills and techniques in their pastoral ministry especially the ministry of preaching.                                         Rev. Polly Lobo