Department of Philosophy

History

  • Department of Philosophy was established in 1908 for Bachelor of Arts courses at Judson College. Professor Dr. St. John was firstly appointed as the head of the department of Philosophy.
  • In 1945, Dr. Hla Bu was appointed as first Myanmar Professor of the department of Philosophy & Psychology at Rangoon University and he retired in 1956.
  • After that, Prof. Mr. Das (1957-61), Prof. Mr. K.N. Kar (1961-64), Prof. Dr. Khin Mg Win (1964-75), Prof. U Pe Aung (1975-77), Prof. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla (1978-81), Prof. U Khin Mg Din (1981-87), Prof. Daw Thein Si (1988-90), Prof. Daw Thein Myint (1992-94), Prof. Dr. Myint Myint Aye (1994-98), Prof. Dr. Tin Tin Tun (1998-2005), Prof. Dr. Thein Zan (2006-08), Prof. Dr. Tin Win Aung (2009-10), Prof. Dr. Thet Thet Naing (2010-2012) were appointed as head of the department.
  • At the present, Prof. Dr. Lé Lé Wynn is taking as the head of the Philosophy Department.

Vision

The Department of Philosophy, University of Yangon, will be achieved its goals in which student success and broadening its recognition for excellence in teaching, wide-ranging application of philosophy discipline, and community service are focal points through research, teaching, and wider activities or service for local needs.

Primary Academic Achievement

We hope to see ourselves, at the end of thirteen years, a successful department works together with energetic and productive faculty who offer the best M.A. and Ph.D. In addition to these regular courses, Diploma in Applied Ethics and Certificate in Applied Logic courses of developing human resources program also fulfill our ambition which is wide-ranging application of our discipline, and community service. At that time, we expect to foster the research programs of our faculty in national as well as trans-national level through interdisciplinary approach to make the collaborative research together with other disciplines or universities in our country or in abroad. Eventually, this produces high level conference presentations and highly visible publications. Moreover, the resulting highly academic capacity and excitement promotes to create the new courses, produces new modes of interdisciplinary cooperation, and establishes new opportunities for public discourse.

Further Achievement

In addition, our academic staffs explore the extensive scope of philosophical topics. Their current research programs address Eastern and Western traditional and contemporary problems in Theoretical Ethics, Applied Ethics, Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion, Feminist Philosophy, and more. Thus it shows that the scope of philosophy itself chiefly concerns with Interdisciplinary Approach which is crucial important in 21st century Higher Education Sector. From ancient times, philosophers have addressed the big questions, and today their inquiries illuminate myriad subject matters and yield practical as well as theoretical consequences. But, attention to analysis, evaluation, argumentation, and proof can aid in the negotiation of any subject matter. Since it is not taught in primary or in secondary school, many students come to University of Yangon unaware of our discipline. They discover philosophy only by chance when they try out a one-course requirement that extends an otherwise vocational courses of study or wide-ranging application it in their professions. Our more advanced courses support an undergraduate major as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. programs that is ranked among the top 1 in the nation.

Mission

The Philosophy Department, University of Yangon, is to explore and advance the applications of our discipline by leading to innovative research, teaching, and supporting academic service to society. Our faculty will be expected to publish their research outcome in highly selective journals of national as well as trans-national level, which are dealing with diverse perspectives, both traditional philosophical issues and non-traditional philosophical issues of current applications. They teach courses that engage and empower students with an instructional or student-centered approach that serves casual students, undergraduate majors and minors, masters, and doctoral candidates. And they serve wider constituencies by participating in a variety of learning societies and in academic conferences, forums, and seminars, offering analysis and debate that promises deeper understanding of current critical topics. By extending these departmental activities to interdisciplinary activities together with other disciplines, promote our university status as a leading public research university.

We encourage students to go forward their study as a life-long learning process by creating a rich mentoring environment and a challenging, rewarding curriculum. We emphasize the necessity of all students to learn critical thinking skills, creative skills, decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, analytic and synthesis skills, self-study skills, and communicative skills in which writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in English language is focused. We take forward situations in which students have opportunities to apply these invaluable skills with case-based learning techniques and with continual discussion of latest worldwide circumstances. The Department strongly supports diversity or interdisciplinary approach in curriculum and aims to sustain that task through supplemental or extra-curricular activities, supporting student engagement across campus, and explicitly recognizing our roles as philosophy student in our society.

Staff

  • 2 Professors
  • 5 Lecturer
  • 1 Tutor

CURRICULUM (By Year, 1st to PhD)

Undergraduate Course

B.A. FIRST YEAR (Core Courses)

  • Phil.1101/Phil.1103 (Deductive Logic- I/II)
  • Phil.1102/Phil.1104 (Western Philosophy- I/II)

(Elective Courses for other specializations)

  • Phil.1001/Phil.1003 (Logic in Practice-I/II)
  • Phil.1002/Phil.1004(Ethical Values in Myanmar Society-I/II)
  • Phil.1005/Phil.1006( Mathematical Logic- I/II)
  • PS.1002/PS.1004 (Ancient Western Political Philosophy -I/II) (for Political Science Specialization) B.A. SECOND YEAR

(Core Courses)

  • Phil. 2101/Phil.2106 (Eastern Philosophy -I/II)
  • Phil. 2102/Phil.2107 (Inductive Logic -I/II)
  • Phil. 2103/Phil.2108( Contemporary Western Philosophy- I/II)

(Elective Courses for other specializations)

  • Phil.2001/Phil.2006(History of Western Intellectual Development- I/II)
  • Phil. 2002/Phil.2007(Ethics of Environmental Conservation- I/II)
  • Phil. 2003/Phil.2008(Aesthetics- I/II)
  • Phil. 2004/Phil.2009(Philosophy of Law-I/II)
  • JNL.2004 (Philosophy for Journalism for Journalism Specialization)

B.A. THIRD YEAR (Core Courses)

  • Phil.3101/Phil.3107(Aesthetics -I/II)
  • Phil.3102/Phil.3108(Advanced Logic-I/II)
  • Phil.3103/Phil.3109(Philosophy of History-I/II)
  • Phil.3104/Phil.3110(Myanmar Culture and Myanmar Ways of Thinking-I/II)

(Elective Courses)

  • Phil.3105/Phil.3111(A Study of Philosophical Texts-I/II)
  • Phil.3106/Phil.3112 (Theoretical Ethics/Applied Ethics)

B.A. FOURTH YEAR (Core Courses)

  • Phil.4101/Phil.4107 (Philosophy of Religion-I/II)
  • Phil.4102/Phil.4108 (Problems of Philosophy- I/II)
  • Phil.4103/Phil.4109 (Philosophy of Science- I/II)
  • Phil.4104/Phil.4110 (Research Methodology in Philosophy-I/II)

(Elective Courses)

  • Phil.4105/Phil.4111(Contemporary Eastern Philosophy- I/II)
  • Phil.4106/Phil.4112 (The Historical Development of Political Thought-I/II)

B.A .HONOURS FIRST YEAR (Core Courses)

  • Phil.3201/Phil.3207(Aesthetics- I/II)
  • Phil.3202/Phil.3208(Advanced Logic-I/II)
  • Phil.3203/Phil.3209(Philosophy of History-I/II)
  • Phil.3204/Phil.3210 (Myanmar Culture and Myanmar Ways of Thinking-I/II)

(Elective Courses)

  • Phil.3205/Phil.3211(A Study of Philosophical Texts-I/II)
  • Phil.3206/Phil.3212 (Theoretical Ethics/Applied Ethics)

B.A.HONOURS SECOND YEAR (Core Courses)

  • Phil.4201/Phil.4207(Philosophy of Religion-I/II)
  • Phil.4202/Phil.4208 (Problems of Philosophy-I/II)
  • Phil.4203/Phil.4209(Philosophy of Science-I/II)
  • Phil.4204/Phil.4210 (Research Methodology in Philosophy-I/II)

(Elective Courses)

  • Phil.4205/Phil.4211(Contemporary Eastern Philosophy-I/II)
  • Phil.4206/Phil.4212 (The Historical Development of Political Thought-I/II)

Postgraduate Course

B.A. HONOURS THIRD YEAR & MA QUALIFYING

  • Phil.5201/Phil.5207 (Issues in Indian Philosophy-I/II)
  • Phil.5202/Phil.5208 (Issues in Western Philosophy-I/II)
  • Phil.5203/Phil.5209 (Philosophy of Education-I/II)
  • Phil.5204/Phil.5210 (Topics in Buddhism-I/II)
  • Phil.5205/Phil.5211(Ethics of Virtue-I(Plato)/ Ethics of Virtue-II(Aristotle)
  • Phil.5206/Phil.5212 (Selected Philosophical Writings-I/II)

MA Courses

  • Phil.611 (Formal Logic and Research Methodology)
  • Phil.612 (Social philosophy)
  • Phil.613 (Aesthetics)
  • Phil.614 (Ethics)
  • Phil.621(Informal Logic)
  • Phil.622 (Existentialism and Phenomenology)
  • Phil.623 (Philosophy of Science)
  • Phil.624 (Philosophy of Historical Studies)
  • Phil.631(Philosophy of Culture)
  • Phil.632 (Special Topics in Eastern Philosophy)
  • Phil.633 (Myanmar Philosophical Thought)
  • Phil.634 (Western Philosophy and Postmodern Thought)

PhD (Preliminary Courses)

  • Phil.711 (The Traditional Culture of the East and West)
  • Phil.712 (Philosophical Anthropology)
  • Phil.713 (Culture, Language and Art)
  • Phil.714 (Mythology, Culture and Religion)

Ongoing Research

  • Applied Ethics
  • Environmental Aesthetics
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Philosophy of Culture
  • Myanmar Traditional thought

Possible Collaborative Fields of Research

  • Applied Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Feminism
  • Political Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Phenomena in Asian Countries

STUDENTS GRADUATED

  • PhD ⇒ (83) (2002-2012)
  • MRes ⇒ (12) (2001-2012)
  • MA ⇒ (310) (1977-2012)

Students in Current Academic Year (2013-2014)

  • PhD ⇒(21)
  • BA (Hons) ⇒(4)
  • B.A. First Year ⇒ (32)

Contact

Postal Code-11041
Amara Building,
University of Yangon (Main Campus)
Kamaryut Township, Yangon,
MYANMAR
Tel: +95-1-535050
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Faculty/Staff

Dr. Le Le Wynn

Dr Khin Mar Yee

Professor (Head of Department)
B.A., B.A.(Hons)(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), M.A. (Philosophy of Culture), Ph.D. (Philosophy of Culture)
Dr. Mar Mar Kyi

Dr. Mar Mar Kyi

Professor
B.A., B.A.(Hons)(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy )
Dr. Khin Lay Nwe

Dr. Khin Lay Nwe

Lecturer
B.A.(Hons)(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy )
Daw Myint Myint Nwe

Daw Myint Myint Nwe

Lecturer
B.A.(Hons)(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy )
Dr. Hla Nu Htwe

Dr. Hla Nu Htwe

Lecturer
B.A.(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy )
Dr. Win Nyunt

Dr. Win Nyunt

Lecturer
B.A.(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy )
Dr. Tha Bye

Dr. Tha Bye

Lecturer
B.A.(Hons)(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy )
 Daw Phyo Theingi

Daw Phyo Theingi

Tutor
: B.A.(Hons)(Philosophy), M.A.(Philosophy), M.Res.(Philosophy )