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29-3-2017: The Department of Philosophy and P.G. Department of Public Administration of P. G. Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh organised an ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Chandigarh sponsored One-day National Seminar on “Aristotle and the Good Life”.

 

Report on ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Chandigarh sponsored One-day National Seminar on “Aristotle and the Good Life”

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The Department of Philosophy and P.G. Department of Public Administration of P. G. Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh organised an ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Chandigarh sponsored One-day National Seminar on “Aristotle and the Good Life”  on 29th March, 2017. Prof. Lallan S. Baghel, Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, PU, Chandigarh was the Key-note speaker on the occasion. Welcoming the chief-guest, Prof. Anita Kaushal, Principal of the college emphasised that the Seminar was being organised to commemorate the 2400th birth anniversary celebrations of Aristotle, and his philosophy is still relevant in contemporary times. Members of faculty and research scholars from various institutions of the country presented research papers on Aristotelian conceptualisation of themes of Ethical Philosophy, Happiness, Virtues, Justice, Pleasure, Friendship, Politics, Society etc.

In his key-note address, Prof. Baghel highlighted the significance of Aristotle and added that whatever is the question, we start off with Aristotle’s opinion and then start comparing that to Plato and then to other philosophers. He added that Aristotle’s philosophy cuts across the boundaries of all disciplines, may it be natural sciences or social sciences. He also chaired the 1st Technical session with theme ‘Ethical Philosophy of Aristotle’. He observed that the session was a kaleidoscope of research papers on varied aspects ranging from Education and Morality to Happiness, Intellectual Virtues and Justice.

The 2nd Technical Session was chaired by Dr. Shivani Sharma, Former Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, PU, Chandigarh. The theme of the session was ‘Aristotle on Arts, Aesthetics and Socio-political philosophy’. The delegates presented papers on aspects like Music, Metaphysics and religion, Aristotle and Gandhi, Ambiguities in Aristotle’s concepts, and Gender. Dr. Shivani Sharma commended the analysis of the delegates regarding their attempt to integrate contemporary notions with those of Aristotle’s narrative. Ms. Shashi Joshi, Convenor of the Seminar proposed a vote of thanks.

One-Day National Seminar on “Aristotle and the Good Life”

One-Day National Seminar on

“Aristotle and the Good Life”

29th March 2017

Sponsored by ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Chandigarh

Organisers: Department of Philosophy and Post Graduate Department of Public Administration, Post Graduate Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh

Introduction

UNESCO has declared 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year to mark the philosopher’s 2,400th birthday. The 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris, was declared Jubilee year 2016 year of Aristotle. Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle’s writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics. In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle argues that what we seek is eudaimonia, a term translated in this reading as “happiness.” Eudaimonia is better expressed as “well-being” or “excellence of performing the proper function.” When Aristotle explains human virtue, he is not discussing what we now refer to as (Victorian) virtue. He is clarifying the peculiar excellence of human beings in the same manner as we often speak of the peculiar excellence attributable to the nature of a thing. For example, a tool is useful in virtue of the fact that it performs its function well. Aristotle’s purpose in the Nicomachean Ethics is not just to explain the philosophy of the excellence for human beings but also to demonstrate specifically how human beings can lead lives of excellence as activity in accordance with practical and theoretical reason. Mankind will commemorate the anniversary of the famous philosopher activities worldwide. In this continuation, the Post Graduate Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh proposed one-day seminar on this great philosopher.

Sub-themes:

The following sub-themes are selected for paper presentation for the seminar:

  1. Aristotle’s Idea of Good Life
  2. Aristotle’s Idea of Happiness
  3. The Highest Human Good
  4. Aristotle’s Notion of Virtues
  5. Aristotle’s Ideas of Justice
  6. Intellectual Virtues and Ethical Virtues
  7. Aristotle’s The Concept of Golden Mean
  8. Aristotle’s Concept of Pleasure
  9. Aristotle on Friendship
  10. Relation of Ethics and Politics
  11. Relation of Ethics and Society
  12. Educational Implications of Aristotle’s Ethics
  13. Relation between Reason and the Virtues
  14. Practical applications of Aristotle’s ethics
  15. Aristotle and Modern Ethical Thoughts
  16. Any other relevant theme.

 Call for Papers:

Research papers are invited from faculty members and research scholars on the thrust area of the seminar with an abstract of 200 words and full paper about 2500-3000 words by post or email to philgcg11chd@gmail.com latest by 25th March, 2017.

Organizing Committee:

Patron: Prof. Anita Kaushal, Principal, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh

Convener: Ms. Shashi Joshi, Associate Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Co-ordinator: Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Philosophy, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Advisory Committee:

Dr. Indu Kalia, Head & Associate Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Dr. Pundrik Ojha, Associate Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Mr. Ajay Kumar Sharma, Associate Professor, Deptt. of P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Dr. S.K. Singh, Associate Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Dr. Cheena Gambhir, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Dr. Anoop Singh Kataria, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Dr. Ritesh Nagpal, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Public Administration, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Address for Correspondence:

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy,

Post Graduate Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh-160011,

Mobile No. 08288883993, E-mail: philgcg11chd@gmail.com

Web Link: https://aristotle2400.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/one-day-national-seminar-on-aristotle-and-the-good-life/

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Report on World Philosophy Day Celeberation-2016

Report on World Philosophy Day Celeberation-2016

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Continuing to its tradition of “Celebrating World Philosophy Day” every year, the Department of Philosophy and Department of Hindi of P. G. Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh organised an event on 17th November, 2016. Dr. Anita Kaushal, the Principal of Post Graduate Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh facilitated the Guest -speaker, Dr. Sudhir Kumar Baweja, Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Vivekananda Studies, USOL, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Dr. Anita Khosla, Head, Department of Hindi introduced audience about the distinguished speaker. She mentioned that the present year being celebrated as 2400 Birth Anniversary of Aristotle and this lecture is a dedication to Aristotle and his philosophy.

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The main attraction of the programme was an impressive address by Dr. Sudhir Kumar Baweja on “The Philosophy of Aristotle”. Dr. Baweja opened his address to an attentive audience constituting students, faculty members and general audience by appraising the philosophy behind to celebrating the World Philosophy Day. Before coming to the life and philosophy of Aristotle Dr. Baweja took the audience to the streets of Athens where Socratic dialogues and Plato’s Academy Discussion still seemed to reverberate. He divided his lecture in two parts- History of Greek Philosophy and the philosophy of Aristotle. He started with beginning of the basic questions posed by ancient Greeks: What is the world made of?, What is man?, What is knowledge? and counted all important figures including Thales to Sophists. Where earlier Greek philosophers had been interested in the universe, in unity and difference, in the big questions, the Sophists were more interested in the mechanics of how man could do things for himself. For Socrates philosophy wasn’t a profession, as with the sophists, but a way of life. He said knowledge is virtue. The aim of Socrates’s dialectic was to expose false claims to wisdom and to move towards knowledge of man’s own nature. Plato was a prolific writer, not a textbook, but of elegant and lively dialogues in the style of thrillers with truth as query. Plato’s aim was to train man’ minds to enable them to think for themselves in the light of reason. The method seems to have been research under supervision. Education required a joint effort on the part of teacher and pupil- a truly dialogue process. Star pupil was Aristotle-who studied at the Academy for about 20 years.

Engaging his young audiences in the same Socratic spirit, Dr. Baweja went on to unfold the nuances of Greek Philosophical traditions and Aristotle’s significant contributions to the intellectual world. In his engaging style he exported the young audiences to appreciate a very simple moral injection-Do good and he happy.’ Towards the end of his address he reminded that it was Aristotle who taught the world that Excellence is not just an act but it is a habit and also our happiness depends on our self, our own wise choices, sincere efforts and intelligent excursions. Dr. Baweja concluded that on this World Philosophy Day young students of philosophy should overcome their prejudices, sectarian outlooks and involve the spirit of critical inquiry and reasoned dialogue so, that durable peace and universal brotherhood prevail in the deeply fragmented world.

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A Poster to commemorate the World Philosophy Day-2016, which showcased the contributions of the celebrated Trinity of Philosophy-Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, released on this occasion. This programme had an interactive session in the end and students discussed on various concepts like virtues, justice, morality etc. and got clarification from the speaker. After the lecture, prizes of Declamation Contest held on the theme on “The Role of Youth in National Integration held on 4th November, 2016 distributed among the winners of the competition.

 

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Dr. Rama Arora (Dean) and Dr. Kanwar Iqbal (Vice-Principal) graced the function. In the end of the program Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal, Head, Department of Philosophy thanked the speaker and the audience and pointed out that the present lecture is a significant step to teach and acquaint students with the key concepts of the philosophy of Aristotle. Dr. About 80 students and faculty-members of the college have attended this lecture.

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Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

November 17, 2016

 

National Level Essay Writing Competition on “The Philosophy of Aristotle”

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The Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurukshetra) on the occasion of the 2400 Birth Anniversary of Aristotle & World Philosophy Day-2016, going to organize a National Level Essay Writing Competition on “The Philosophy of Aristotle”. The competition aims at giving an opportunity to the youth of country to come across the various aspects of the philosophy of Aristotle and his contribution to the world of knowledge.

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle’s writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics.

UNESCO has declared 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year to mark the philosopher’s 2,400th birthday. The 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris, was declared Jubilee year 2016 year of Aristotle. Mankind will commemorate the anniversary of the famous philosopher activities worldwide. Aristotle and his philosophical theories are known the world over thanks to the continuation of his teachings and the extensive body of work he left behind. Medieval scholars in the Arab world referred to him as “the first teacher”, his works formed the starting point for many philosophical and scientific theories, and he continues to be regarded as one of humanity’s most important and influential philosophers. In this continuation the essay competition  will be a significant tribute to this great scholar from our Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurukshetra). You can visit the following webpage for our all initiative related to celebrating 2400 years of Aristotle:

https://aristotle2400.wordpress.com

Eligibility: All students pursuing any Undergraduate or Post Graduate courses from recognized college/institute/university. Age limit is 25 years or below for this competition.

Prizes: Prizes will be given to top 5 entries and a certificate also provided to those who follow proper guidelines.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The essays submitted by the participants must be in ‘English and Hindi’ language only.
  • The essay must be typed in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman, Font size 12, 1.5 linear spacing.
  • Co-authorship is allowed.
  • Word Limit: 2000 Maximum words including footnotes.
  • The participants submitting an entry in this essay contest need to affirm that the entry is his/her own work. Plagiarism can lead to outright rejection of submission.

Criteria of Evaluation:

The criteria to be applied in evaluating the entries are:

  • Originality of the content
  • Creativity and Rationality
  • Style and Presentation of content
  • Clarity and proper citations

Registration and Submission:

There is no registration fee for this essay competition. Participants should submit their essay with 10th class certificate and institutional ID proof along with registration form till 20th November 2016 on the given address. An advance copy of all documents should be submitted before last date via email id cppiskkr@gmail.com

For any details, Contact:

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal,

Department of Philosophy, P.G.Govt. College for Girls,

Sector-11, Chandigarh-160011. Mobile No.08288883993

https://aristotle2400.wordpress.com

Download details and registration form from here:

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Aristotle and the Good Life”

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Call for Papers

Lokāyata: Journal of Positive Philosophy (ISSN 2249-8389)

Joint Issue Vol.VI (No.02) & Vol.VII (No.01), March 2017

Special Issue on “Aristotle and the Good Life”

Respected Faculty/Scholar,

I would like to invite all academicians from all disciplines to contribute research papers and articles for our journal. Lokāyata: Journal of Positive Philosophy (ISSN 2249-8389) is a bi-annual an online interdisciplinary journal of the Center for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS). UNESCO has declared 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year to mark the philosopher’s 2,400th birthday. The 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris, was declared Jubilee year 2016 year of Aristotle. Mankind will commemorate the anniversary of the famous philosopher activities worldwide. Aristotle and his philosophical theories are known the world over thanks to the continuation of his teachings and the extensive body of work he left behind. Medieval scholars in the Arab world referred to him as “the first teacher”, his works formed the starting point for many philosophical and scientific theories, and he continues to be regarded as one of humanity’s most important and influential philosophers. In this continuation the present joint issue of Lokāyata: Journal of Positive Philosophy (ISSN 2249-8389) will be a significant tribute to this great scholar.

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle’s writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics. In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle argues that what we seek is eudaimonia, a term translated in this reading as “happiness.” Eudaimonia is better expressed as “well-being” or “excellence of performing the proper function.” When Aristotle explains human virtue, he is not discussing what we now refer to as (Victorian) virtue. He is clarifying the peculiar excellence of human beings in the same manner as we often speak of the peculiar excellence attributable to the nature of a thing. For example, a tool is useful in virtue of the fact that it performs its function well. Aristotle’s purpose in the Nicomachean Ethics is not just to explain the philosophy of the excellence for human beings but also to demonstrate specifically how human beings can lead lives of excellence as activity in accordance with practical and theoretical reason.

 

 

Sub-themes:

The following sub-themes are selected for proposed special issue:

  1. Aristotle’s Idea of Good Life
  2. Aristotle’s Idea of Happiness
  3. The Highest Human Good
  4. Aristotle’s Notion of Virtues
  5. Aristotle’s Ideas of Justice
  6. Intellectual Virtues and Ethical Virtues
  7. Aristotle’s The Concept of Golden Mean
  8. Aristotle’s Concept of Pleasure
  9. Aristotle on Friendship
  10. Relation of Ethics and Politics
  11. Relation of Ethics and Society
  12. Educational Implications of Aristotle’s Ethics
  13. Relation between Reason and the Virtues
  14. Practical applications of Aristotle’s ethics
  15. Aristotle and Modern Ethical Thoughts
  16. Any other relevant theme.

 

Last date of Paper Submission: 31st January, 2017.

Format of Submission: The paper should be typewritten preferably in Times New Roman with 12 font size (English) and Kruti Dev (10) with 14 font size (Hindi) in MS-Word 2003 to 2010 and between 2500 to 3000 words. They should be typed on one side of the paper, double spaced with ample margins. The authors should submit the hard copy along with a CD and a copyright form to be sent to the editorial address.

Originality of Work: Only papers which have not been published elsewhere will be considered. Proofs will be sent to the authors if there is sufficient time to do so. An undertaking via a “Forwarding Letter” be submitted alongwith the paper.

Reference Style: Notes and references should appear at the end of the research paper/chapter. Citations in the text and references must correspond to each other; do not over reference by giving the obvious/old classic studies or the irrelevant. CPPIS follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. The Chicago Manual of Style presents two basic documentation systems: (1) notes and bibliography and (2) author-date. Choosing between the two often depends on subject matter and the nature of sources cited, as each system is favored by different groups of scholars. The notes and bibliography style is preferred by many in the humanities. The author-date system has long been used by those in the physical, natural, and social sciences. CPPIS follows the first system i.e. Notes and Bibliography. For detail information downloads our “CPPIS Manual for Contributors and Reviewers” from below given links:

http://positivephilosophy.webs.com

http://www.scribd.com/doc/137190047/CPPIS-Manual-for-Contributors-Reviewers

All contributions to the Journal are to be sent to:

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal, Near Guaga Maidi, Balmiki Basti, H.No.255/8, Pehowa, Distt. Kurukshetra (HARYANA)-136128 (India) Mobile No.09896848775, 08288883993, E-mail: cppiskkr@gmail.com, Website: http://lokayatajournal.webs.com