Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University

Department of Philosophy


Last updated Jan 3, 2017

The newly started Department of Philosophy at Vivekananda University emphasizes critical thinking rather than rote learning and memorization.

Students will be trained

  • to think for themselves
  • to analyze and interpret philosophical arguments from a variety of perspectives
  • to write clear and effective research papers in philosophy

We will also provide rigorous training in research methodology and conduct Writing Workshops that will help students to improve their English skills and to write research papers that can be published in international peer-reviewed journals.

At the moment, the Department is quite small and has particular strengths in cross-cultural philosophy of religion, Indian philosophy (especially Vedānta), ancient Indian scriptures, the philosophical ideas of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, and Sri Aurobindo, Continental philosophy, German philosophy (especially Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, Adorno), and aesthetics.

Four students are currently enrolled in the PhD program in Philosophy beginning in July 2017. We are no longer accepting applications.


Ayon Maharaj
Head of the Department of Philosophy
Email: ayonmaharaj.rkm@gmail.com
Department of Philosophy
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University
P.O. Belur Math, Dist. Howrah 711202
West Bengal, India