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Help needed regarding contemporary western philosophy

Hello everyone,

I have written three mains with philosophy optional. But I always find problems with contemporary western part. For example...I cannot distinguish between core ideas of Russell and Wittgenstein or why Wittgenstein considered that logical positivists misunderstood him. Phenomenology, existentialism and quine strawson go above my head.

In all other sections, my concepts are crystal clear. But this part I have failed to understand. All I have done till now is do rattafication in this section and I have actually scored around 150s in paper 1. But I really wish to understand contemporary western part. I have tried all coaching notes and also from internet and YouTube but to no avail and the effort has been quite frustrating.

I request everyone and seniors with good hold over this part to help me with this section wrt books, notes, audio/video etc. I would be highly indebted for your help

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  • i have joined western philosophy module at aashram ias the teacher is avinash sinha so far i found him good i have notes also till descarte's philosophy after 15 days i can give you notes of contemprory western philosophers in case you need
  • Thank you @ccd28 that would be great help.
    I would wish to know your reviews on his contemporary Western part from Moore Russell onwards.

    Thank you
  • @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer
    all i need is You Lord
  • doc said:

    @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer

    @doc I would suggest studying c d jha for Indian part. Some topics are also very well covered in dutt and Chatterjee. For western, y mashih is excellent though it requires some effort.

    Also, I think in some topics coaching notes are not correct. For ex in svatah and partah pramanyavada one has to take the stand that svatah is more logical than partah. Berkeley idealism cannot be called objective, coachings teach otherwise etc etc
    For contemporary part I am clueless though
  • edited June 17
    Oldhorse said:

    doc said:

    @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer

    @doc I would suggest studying c d jha for Indian part. Some topics are also very well covered in dutt and Chatterjee. For western, y mashih is excellent though it requires some effort.

    Also, I think in some topics coaching notes are not correct. For ex in svatah and partah pramanyavada one has to take the stand that svatah is more logical than partah. Berkeley idealism cannot be called objective, coachings teach otherwise etc etc
    For contemporary part I am clueless though
    hey ..u said c d jha ,do u mean cd sharma, asking because couldnt find any book for Cd jha..
    thanks
  • knight said:

    Oldhorse said:

    doc said:

    @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer

    @doc I would suggest studying c d jha for Indian part. Some topics are also very well covered in dutt and Chatterjee. For western, y mashih is excellent though it requires some effort.

    Also, I think in some topics coaching notes are not correct. For ex in svatah and partah pramanyavada one has to take the stand that svatah is more logical than partah. Berkeley idealism cannot be called objective, coachings teach otherwise etc etc
    For contemporary part I am clueless though
    hey ..u said c d jha ,do u mean cd sharma, asking because couldnt find any book for Cd jha..
    thanks
    My bad...C d Sharma I meant...CD jha was a friend of mine
  • Oldhorse said:

    doc said:

    @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer

    @doc I would suggest studying c d jha for Indian part. Some topics are also very well covered in dutt and Chatterjee. For western, y mashih is excellent though it requires some effort.

    Also, I think in some topics coaching notes are not correct. For ex in svatah and partah pramanyavada one has to take the stand that svatah is more logical than partah. Berkeley idealism cannot be called objective, coachings teach otherwise etc etc
    For contemporary part I am clueless though
    Looks like u have done gud amount of research... When i attempted according to coaching materials i could not get gud marks
    all i need is You Lord
  • @Oldhorse Do u have any idea whether the concepts explained in the coaching notes for western philosophy are correct or not ??
  • Maine 2017 mains likha hai...mere pas amit singh ke audio notes hai...contemp and western and religion ke...but ye sare hindi me hai....aur samjhne ke liye best hai...pid hai rs 8000/-....kyoki maine bhi kisi se kharide the
  • doc said:

    Oldhorse said:

    doc said:

    @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer

    @doc I would suggest studying c d jha for Indian part. Some topics are also very well covered in dutt and Chatterjee. For western, y mashih is excellent though it requires some effort.

    Also, I think in some topics coaching notes are not correct. For ex in svatah and partah pramanyavada one has to take the stand that svatah is more logical than partah. Berkeley idealism cannot be called objective, coachings teach otherwise etc etc
    For contemporary part I am clueless though
    Looks like u have done gud amount of research... When i attempted according to coaching materials i could not get gud marks
    I adopted writing style taught at patanjali. But I think one has to add extra material by himself coz coaching notes are not enough. Contemporary part has been pure ratta though
  • @Oldhorse Do u have any idea whether the concepts explained in the coaching notes for western philosophy are correct or not ??

    Some concepts I can say are totally wrong like Berkeley's idealism, svatah-partah controversy, satkaryavad-asatkaryavad controversy. You have to take a stand which one is more logical. U can't say both are correct.

    In other parts, there is not enough material or full explanation. Buddhism coverage is pathetic. Sunyavad, vijyanvad, svatantra vijanavad are not covered at all. Vaisesika coverage is also not good. In western also Locke Berkeley and hume isn't covered well. Kant is good but hegal is pathetic. These parts are covered well in CD Sharma and mashih.
  • Oldhorse said:

    knight said:

    Oldhorse said:

    doc said:

    @Oldhorse can u plz share ur approach for philosophy optional... Class notes r not enough now.. How one should frame gud answer

    @doc I would suggest studying c d jha for Indian part. Some topics are also very well covered in dutt and Chatterjee. For western, y mashih is excellent though it requires some effort.

    Also, I think in some topics coaching notes are not correct. For ex in svatah and partah pramanyavada one has to take the stand that svatah is more logical than partah. Berkeley idealism cannot be called objective, coachings teach otherwise etc etc
    For contemporary part I am clueless though
    hey ..u said c d jha ,do u mean cd sharma, asking because couldnt find any book for Cd jha..
    thanks
    My bad...C d Sharma I meant...CD jha was a friend of mine
    no issues . thanks for the guidance you are presenting here , cheers
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