A Department of Philosophy was established in 1908 for Bachelor of Arts courses at Judson College,one of the original constituent colleges of the University of Rangoon / Yangon. Professor Dr St. John was appointed as the first head of the Philosophy Department. In 1945 Dr. Hla Bu was appointed as the first Myanmar Professor of the Department of Philosophy at Yangon University; he retired in 1956.
The professors below were appointed as his successors.

(1) Prof. Mr. Das (1957-61)
(2) Prof. Mr. K.N. Kar (1961-64)
(3) Prof. Dr. Khin Mg Win (1964-75)
(4) Prof. U Pe Aung (1975-77)
(5) Prof. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla (1978-81)
(6) Prof. U Khin Mg Din (1981-87)
(7) Prof. Daw Thein Si (1988-90)
(8) Prof. Daw Thein Myint (1992-94)
(9) Prof. Dr. Myint Myint Aye (1994-98)
(10) Prof. Dr. Tin Tin Tun (1998-2005)
(11) Prof. Dr. Thein Zan (2006-08)
(12) Prof. Dr. Tin Win Aung (2009-10)
(13) Prof. Dr. Thet Thet Naing (2010-2012).

Currently, Prof. Dr. Lé Lé Wynn is Head of the Philosophy Department. There are 12
faculty members in the department.

Dr Mar Mar Kyi Professor

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U Nyo Min Aung Lecturer

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Dr. Wai Yan Linn Lecturer

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Dr. Thandar Moe Lecturer

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Dr. Nyi Kyaw Wai Lecturer

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Dr. Chaw Kay Khaing Latt Lecturer

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Dr. Thandar Kyin Lecturer

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Daw Ni Ni Aung Assistant Lecturer

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Dr. Tial Cin Sung Assistant Lecturer

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Dr. Duh Bik Cem Assistant Lecturer

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Daw Zin Nwe Oo Tutor

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Daw Thin Thin Soe Tutor

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RESEARCH LIST

Dr. Lé Lé Wynn (Professor & Head)

  1. (March 2017 ) The Role of Japanese Aesthetic Concepts in Environmental Conservation – Book (Sumitomo Foundation Japan-related Research Grant 2014)
  2. (December 2015) The Concept of Space and Time in Japanese Traditional Thought – Yangon University Research Journal.  Vol.6, pp.220-228.
  3. (December 2010) The Significant Role of Nagã Symbol in Myanmar Culture – Universities’ Research Journal. Vol.3, pp.113-130
  4. (December 2009) A Philosophical Analysis of the Concept of Impermanence in Japanese Aesthetics – West Yangon University Research Journal.  Vol.1, pp.152-165.
  5. (June 2007) A Study of the Dragon Symbol in Japan and Myanmar from the          Perspective of Cultural Adaptability – Journal of the Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science.  Vol.5, No.6 (B), pp.151-164.
  6. (June 2003 in Japanese) Dragon Symbolism and the Notion of Cosmology in Medieval Japan – ZEAMI _ Art and Culture of Medieval Japan (Special Issue), Shinwa Publishing, Tokyo.Vol.2, pp.174-197.
  7. (March 2003 in Japanese) The Recovery of Artistic Representation – The University of Tokyo.Vol.2, pp.44-59.

Dr. Wai Yan Linn (Lecturer)

  1. (2017) An Aesthetic Analysis on the Myanmar Theory of Rasa (with Reference to U Pon Nya’s Story of the Elephant King Chaddan) – MAAS Vol.15. No.8, pp.21-46
  2. (August 2016) The Essential Role of Aesthetic Attitude in the Process of Aesthetic Experience  – URJ Vol.8. No.6 pp.85-98
  3. (July 2014) A Comparative Study of the Concepts of Jen in Confucianism and Metta in Buddhism – KTURJ Vol. 5 No. 1 pp.40-47
  4. (December 2010) The Essential Role of Aesthetic Attitude on Appreciating Aesthetic Objects – WYURJ Vol.2, No. 1 pp.39-46
  5. (December 2009) A Study of Some Myanmar Traditional Poems from the Perspective of Western Aesthetics Theories – WYURJ Vol.1, No.1 pp.152-165
  6. (December 2009) An Analysis of Myanmar Aesthetic Theories – URJ Vol.2, No.9 pp.107-118
  7. (January 2009) An Aesthetical Analysis of U Pon Nya’s Story of King Chadden from the Perspective of the Myanmar Theory of Rasa – Proceeding of West Yangon University Annual Research Seminar pp.73-87

Dr. Thandar Moe (Lecturer)

  1. (December 2016) The Contribution of Taoism to Environmental Conservation – Third Myanmar – Japan International
  2. (2015) Taoism and Environmental Conservation – MURJ
  3. (2014) Confucius’ Ethical Doctrine of “Mean” or Chaung-yung and Environmental Conservation – International Confucian Association (ICA), China
  4. (2012) Non-Egoistic Attitude in the Buddhist Ethical System – MAAS
  5. (2011) The Role of Non-Egoistic Tendencies in Environmental Ethics – URJ Vol.4

Dr. Chaw Kay Khaing (Lecturer)

  1. (2017) The Ethical Foundations of John Locke’s Political Thought – MAAS Vol. XV No. 8 p.69

Dr. Nyi Kyaw Wai (Lecturer)

  1. (December 2016) Vibhajja Vāda as a Method of Analysis in Buddhist Ethics – YURJ Vol.7 No.1

Dr. Duh Bik Cem (Assistant Lecturer)

  1. (December 2015) A Critical Study on the Impact of some Virtues in Christianity – Pyay University Research Journal pp. 31-38
  2. (December 2014) A Critical Study on “Love” in Some Religions – Pyay University Research Journal pp. 63-70
  3. (August 2013) A Study of Confucius’ Social and Moral Cultivation – Pyay University Research Journal

1. Metaphysics
2. Epistemology
3. Value Study
4. Social and Political Philosophy
5. Philosophy of Culture
6. Comparative Philosophy

List of Research conducted by International Grant(From 2013 to recent)

Curriculum

BA/BA (Honours) First Year (Semester-I)

မ – ၁၀၀၁     ျမန္မာစာ          (Foundation)

Eng 1001 – English       (Foundation)

Phil 1101  – Deductive Logic-I      (Core)

Phil 1102  – Introduction to Western Philosophy-I   (Core)

AM 1001  – Aspect of Myanmar      (Elective)

*Elective  –  Student’s Choice (from other specializations)     (Elective)

 

BA/BA (Honours) First Year (Semester-II)

မ – ၁၀၀၂     ျမန္မာစာ      (Foundation)

Eng 1002 – English     (Foundation)

Phil 1103 – Deductive Logic-II    (Core)

Phil 1104 –  Introduction to Western philosophy-II   (Core)

AM 1002 – Aspect of Myanmar      (Elective)

*ElectiveStudent’s Choice (from other specializations)    (Elective)

BA/ BA (Honours) Second Year       (Semester-I)

Eng 2001 – English       (Foundation)

Phil 2101 – Inductive Logic-I     (Core)

Phil 2102 – Introduction to Western Philosophy-I    (Core)

Phil 2103 – Twentieth Century Western Philosophy-I    (Core)

*Elective-IStudent’s Choice (from Philosophy specialization)    (Elective)

*Elective-IIStudent’s Choice (from other specializations)  (Elective)

 

BA/ BA (Honours) Second Year          (Semester-II)

Eng 2002 – English            (Foundation)

Phil 2106 – Inductive Logic-II        (Core)

Phil 2107 –  Introduction to Western philosophy-II     (Core)

Phil 2108 – Twentieth Century Western Philosophy-II   (Core)

*Elective-I – Student’s Choice (from Philosophy specialization)    (Elective)

*Elective-II Student’s Choice (from other specializations)   (Elective)

 

BA Third Year (Semester-I)

Eng 3001 – English                        (Foundation)

Phil 3101 – Advanced Logic-I           (Core)

Phil 3102 – Western Aesthetics       (Core)

Phil 3103 – Philosophy of History-I           (Core)

Phil 3104 – Myanmar Culture and Myanmar Ways of Thinking-I         (Core)

*Elective –  Student’s Choice (from Philosophy specialization)    (Elective)

 

BA Third Year (Semester-II)

Eng 3002 –  English             (Foundation)

Phil 3107  – Advanced Logic-II             (Core)

Phil 3108 – Eastern Aesthetics             (Core)

Phil 3109 –  Philosophy of History-II        (Core)

Phil 3110  – Myanmar Culture and Myanmar Ways of Thinking-II        (Core)

*Elective Student’s Choice (from Philosophy specialization)    (Elective)

BA (Honours) First Year (Semester-I)

Eng 3001 – English                                       (Foundation)

Phil 3201  –  Advanced Logic-I                        (Core)

Phil 3202   – Western Aesthetics                     (Core)

Phil 3203   –   Philosophy of History-I            (Core)

Phil 3204   –   Myanmar Culture and Myanmar Ways of Thinking-I      (Core)

*Elective   –  Student’s Choice (from philosophy specialization)     (Elective)

 

BA (Honours) First Year (Semester-II)

Eng 3002    – English                                               (Foundation)

Phil 3207     – Advanced Logic-II                            (Core)

Phil 3208     – Eastern Aesthetics                            (Core)

Phil 3209     – Philosophy of History-II                 (Core)

Phil 3210     – Myanmar Culture and Myanmar Ways of Thinking-I     (Core)

*Elective      – Student’s Choice (from philosophy specialization)     (Elective)

BA Fourth Year       (Semester-I)

Eng 4001   – English                           (Foundation)

Phil 4101   – Philosophy of Religion-I                        (Core)

Phil 4102   – Problems of Philosophy-I                      (Core)

Phil 4104   – Research Methodology in Philosophy-I             (Core)

Phil 4106   – Political Philosophy (West)                                (Core)

*Elective   – Student’s Choice (from philosophy specialization)        (Elective)

BA Fourth Year (Semester-II)

Eng 4002  – English                                        (Foundation)

Phil 4107  – Philosophy of Religion-II                                   (Core)

Phil 4108  – Problems of Philosophy-II                                  (Core)

Phil 4110  – Research Methodology in Philosophy-II            (Core)

Phil 4112  – Political Philosophy (East)                                  (Core)

*Elective  – Student’s Choice (from philosophy specialization)         (Elective)

BA (Honours) Second Year (Semester-I)

Eng 4001 – English                             (Foundation)

Phil 4201 – Philosophy of Religion-I       (Core)

Phil 4202 – Problems of Philosophy-I     (Core)

Phil 4204 – Research Methodology in Philosophy-I   (Core)

Phil 4206 – Political Philosophy (West)                                  (Core)

*ElectiveStudent’s Choice (from philosophy specialization)          (Elective)

 

BA (Honours) Second Year (Semester-II)

Eng 4001 – English                             (Foundation)

Phil 4207 – Philosophy of Religion-II                                     (Core)

Phil 4208 – Problems of Philosophy-II                                   (Core)

Phil 4210 – Research Methodology in Philosophy-II             (Core)

Phil 4212 – Political Philosophy (East)                                   (Core)

*ElectiveStudent’s Choice (from philosophy specialization)          (Elective)

BA (Honours) Third Year (Semester-I)

Phil 5201 – Issues in Indian Philosophy                     (Core)

Phil 5202 – Issues in Western Philosophy -I               (Core)

Phil 5203 – Philosophy of Education-I                       (Core)

Phil 5204 – Topics in Buddhism-I                              (Core)

Phil 5205 – Ethics of Virtue-I (Plato)                         (Core)

Phil 5206 – Selected Philosophical Writing-I             (Core)

 

BA (Honours) Third Year (Semester-II)

Phil 5207 – Issues in Chinese Philosophy                   (Core)

Phil 5208 – Issues in Western Philosophy -II             (Core)

Phil 5209 – Philosophy of Education-II                     (Core)

Phil 5210 – Topics in Buddhism-II                             (Core)

Phil 5211 – Ethics of Virtue-II (Aristotle)                  (Core)

Phil 5212 – Selected Philosophical Writing-I             (Core)

MA First Year (Semester-I)

Phil 611 – Logic and Research Methodology    (Core)

Phil 612 – Social Philosophy             (Core)

Phil 613 – Axiological Studies            (Core)

Phil 614 – Special Topics in Eastern Philosophy       (Core)

MA First Year (Semester-II)

Phil 621 – Philosophy of Science            (Core)

Phil 622 – Philosophy of Historical Studies             (Core)

Phil 623 – Philosophy of Culture             (Core)

Phil 624 – Special Topics in Western Philosophy             (Core)

 

MA Second Year (Semester-I)

Phil 631 – Seminar-I             (Core)

Phil 632 – Seminar-II            (Core)

Phil 633 – Research and Progress Report            (Core)

Phil 634 – Research Outline and their Presentation             (Core)

MA Second Year (Semester-II)

Phil 641 – Research and Seminar           (Core)

Phil 642 – Thesis and Viva Voce             (Core)

 

MA (Qualifying) (Semester-I)

Phil 5201 – Issues in Indian Philosophy             (Core)

Phil 5202 – Issues in Western Philosophy -I             (Core)

Phil 5203 – Philosophy of Education-I             (Core)

Phil 5204 – Topics in Buddhism-I                         (Core)

Phil 5205 – Ethics of Virtue-I (Plato)            (Core)

Phil 5206 – Selected Philosophical Writing-I           (Core)

MA (Qualifying) (Semester-II)

Phil 5207 – Issues in Chinese Philosophy             (Core)

Phil 5208 – Issues in Western Philosophy -II           (Core)

Phil 5209 – Philosophy of Education-II             (Core)

Phil 5210 – Topics in Buddhism-II             (Core)

Phil 5211 – Ethics of Virtue-II (Aristotle)           (Core)

Phil 5212 – Selected Philosophical Writing-II             (Core)

PhD PRELIMINARY COURSE

Phil 711 – Traditional Culture of the East and West                (Core)

Phil 712 – Philosophical Anthropology                                       (Core)

Phil 713 – Culture, Language and Art                                         (Core)

Phil 714 – Mythology, Culture and Religion                              (Core)

FIELDS OF RESEARCH FOR

POSTGRADUATE COURSE (MASTER AND DOCTORAL)

(depends on the choice of candidates)

 

(1)   Metaphysics

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Mind and Body
  • Study of Metaphysical Theories
  • Metaphysical Concepts

 

(2)   Epistemology

  • Logic, Analytical Philosophy and Cognitive Science
  • Mind and Body
  • Study of Knowledge
  • Study of Epistemological Theories

 

(3)   Value Study

  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics

 

(4)    Social and Political Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Feminism
  • Social Philosophy in Literature
  • Political Concepts

 

(5)    Philosophy of Culture

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Folklore
  • Literature

 

(6)   Comparative Philosophy