“The best thing about the Ashoka philosophy program is the flexibility and independence it offers to navigate various sub-fields of philosophy. The program rigorously prepares us for graduate studies by giving us intensive training in writing philosophy and also allows to sharpen our pedagogical skill by working as TAs. Being a small department, the professors and students share a warm relation which adds to the outside classroom learning experience. I am also grateful for the support I received from my department (especially, Prof. Rosenhagen and Prof. Weltman) during my graduate school applications.”
~Ritam Chakraborty, UG 2020 (who also completed an Advanced Major during the Pandemic and is now working on an M.A. in Philosophy at SFU in Canada)
“The program is challenging and fulfilling, the faculty erudite and kind, and the students passionate and welcoming.”
~Anonymous, UG 2020, currently completing a BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford
“It took me quite some time to figure out my major. I started with Psychology, then maybe literature, and then finally decided to do maths. I think the thing with me was that I liked the idea of training my mind. Wanted to level things up. I guess that’s one of the consequences of growing up in this world obsessed with self-help. You always want to level up.
When I decided to do Philosophy, I got that. Leveled up, in part. Though, there were a few courses that did much more for me. You know how you think philosophy is going to be a bunch of people talking about life? That does happen sometimes here. On the other hand, there were some training courses. Core philosophy courses like Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, and so on. A philosopher’s training comes in seeing arguments for what they are. Realizing that we say or think things that are sometimes not quite right. Philosophy to me is about slowing down.
Whether about perception, happiness, existence, or even science, philosophers seem to see something that others don’t. The professors train you to slow down. It seems so simple. Suddenly arguments unravel. If you slow down, you realize that we’re jumping to conclusions all the time. Slowing down not only helps you understand when someone is inconsistent but also to interpret people charitably. Most of all, you get an idea of when you bullshit.
Honestly, if you’re majoring in philosophy, I feel excited for you. These 3 or 4 years will be transformative. So, if you’re anything like me and you feel pulled towards a variety of disciplines, I do suggest you give Philosophy a try.
I’m planning to get into filmmaking. I do think for making serious art, a certain amount of specificity is required. Philosophy builds that in you. Right now, I’m planning to come back for ASP and do a creative thesis in Philosophy. Let’s see how it goes.”
~Vanshaj Garg, UG 2020
“The program for a Philosophy major at Ashoka University successfully introduces one to a wide breadth of knowledge and provides opportunities to explore the depths of one’s interests. The Department of Philosophy creates spaces for students, faculty members, and invited academics to engage in conversations about the variety of interests fostered by them — be it in the form of creative (often interdisciplinary!) courses, the Department’s bustling Colloquium, or student-driven initiatives like the Undergraduate Journal, not to mention the discussion-driven style of teaching.
The most immediate learning outcome at this Department, reinforced by every instructor at every stage, comes from recognising and valuing one’s own voice and thought. As we continue to read seminal works of the most celebrated minds in the world, that is a kind of learning invaluable to budding academics. Here, the pedagogy is nurturing and the training in academic reading and writing rigorous. It equips one to think and write clearly and forges an academic mindset that would benefit one whichever path one chooses to pursue next.”
~Nayancee Shrivastava, UG 2021