CBSE Class 12 Philosophy Syllabus 2017-18

CBSE Class 12 Philosophy Syllabus 2017-18

Download latest cbse Class 12 Philosophy syllabus for March 2018 board exam including marking scheme and weightage of each unit. Class 12 Philosophy CBSE Board exam will be of100 marks. Details of unit-wise distribution of marks for board exam is given in the syllabus.

Although the topics and textbooks remain same, the syllabus to be covered for board exam vary year by year. Along with Philosophy syllabus for class 12 cbse has also issued the chapter-wise breakup of questions along with weightage of each chapter. That’s why it is recommended to download latest Class 12 Philosophy syllabus 2018 this year and be on safe side.  Be smart, prepare according to syllabus and practise at least sample papers issued by cbse and previous year questions

Here we have presented the CBSE syllabus of Philosophy class 12 in the same format as released by CBSE, without any changes or editing from our side. Students are advised to download the Philosophy class 12 syllabus cbse for the March 2018 exam even if you have the previous year syllabus because there might be changes in the syllabus, question pattern and weightage of each chapter.

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Philosophy Class 12 Syllabus for March 2018 Exam 

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Detailed Syllabus Philosophy Class 12 for March 2018 Board Exam

Unit 1: Ethics (Moral Philosophy)   (70 Marks)

A. Western Ethical Theories (25 Marks)
(i) Divine Command theory 
(ii) Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics 
(iii) Immanuel Kant’s Deontology
(iv) J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism

B. Indian Ethics  (25 Marks)
(v) The concept of Rta; the concept and kinds of Dharma: Samanyadharma, Apaddharma, Varnasramadharma 
(vi) Purusarthas: Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksa 
(vii) The Bhagavadgita on Svadharma, Niskama-Karma, Lokasamgraha 
(viii) Buddhist view on Pancasila, Eightfold Path (Astanga-Marga), Brahmavihara, Bodhisattva’s vows 
(ix) Jaina view on Panca-Mahavrata 
(x) Mahatma Gandhi and Vivekananda on religious tolerance

C. Ethical Concerns (20 Marks)
(xi) Gender Equality
(xii) Ambedkar’s critique of caste and untouchability 
(xiii) Theories of punishment, issue of capital punishment
(xiv) Human Rights 
(xv) Environmental degradation

Unit 2: Theory of Reality (Metaphysics) (30 Marks)

(xvi) Proofs for the existence of God: ontological, cosmological, and design arguments; Problem of Evil
(xvii) Descartes on mind-body dualism 
(xviii) Nyaya proofs for the existence of God 
(xix) The Bhagavadgita on the immortality of soul and rebirth 
(xx) Jaina view on Anekantavada, Syadvada


Smith and Titus, Living Issues in Philosophy.
William Lillie, An Introduction to Ethics.
Duncan Richter, Why be Good: A Historical Introduction to Ethics.
Peter Singer, Practical Ethics.
I.C. Sharma, Ethical Philosophies in India, Allen and Unwin, 1991.
Y.V. Satyanarayana, Ethics Theory and Practice, Pearson, 2010
H.S. Prasad, The Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 2007.
P.T. Raju, Structural Depths of Indian Philosophy.
S.N. Desgupta, Indian Philosophy, 5 Volume.
S. Radhakrishnan, Indian Philosophy, 2 Volumes.
M. Hiriyanna, Indian Philosophy.
S.S. Chatterji, Nyaya Theory of Knowledge.
Rajendra Prasad, Varnadharma, Niskama Karma, and Practical Morality.


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