Philosophy Optional Thread : 2021 - ForumIAS

Philosophy Optional Thread : 2021

Tips to improve understanding, improve answer writing , content/resources especially for laymen/new aspirants. 

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Hello folks,

I'll be giving the first attempt in 2021

Have covered the syllabus once from Mitra/Patanjali notes. Now aiming to start answer writing along with revision.


I posted this discussion thread as there didn't seem to be any active thread for discussion of Philosophy optional. If you are preparing it , Please drop a comment.


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I am also prepatring, but for 2022. Let me know if anyone is up for doubts or PYQ discussion.


lord_voldemort,
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hello, philosophy optional
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Hey guys , the thread seems to become active after 5 months :P

We can post doubts and any insights here, this seems like a good enough place.

As for me, I have done reading of the syllabus once but still it feels very weak. I keep forgetting the concepts and also it seems like my understanding right now is not so good in the subject.

I think for the first reading my focus was more on mugging rather than understanding. So, I am planning to watch Philosophy videos again accompanied with reading. Hopefully that'll work.

If you guys have any advice, thanks in advance

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@Aazaad hey I m preparing for philosophy


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@Aazaad can we form a dedicated telegram grp for daily writing of philosophy qns. We can evaluate each other's answers and keep motivating each other for consistency


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I also think we can discuss doubts etc here only. I appeared with philosophy in mains 2020. But got less marks than expected. After going through Himanshu Gupta’s answers for paper 1, I think my main problem was lack of “content density” (or basically use of a lot of keywords). I also may not have fully addressed the demand of the question at some places. I couldn’t study philosophy for last few months for some reason. Now I am updating my notes with better content and trying to appear for tests regularly. Still have to figure out what went wrong in paper 2. 
Aazaad,
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Am also preparing for 2021

Can we have some daily questions from some good test series if somebody has access to them.


Aazaad,
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@sbhati Currently Mitra and patanjali are my two sources.

What were your sources last time ?

And how are you improving your content ?

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@Aazaad Other than Patanjali notes, I referred to internet and books here and there wherever I felt a need. Did not cover any book cover to cover. This time, for paper 1, I am trying to supplement old material with content from plato.stanford, iep and extracts from primary texts wherever I feel that content or understanding is lacking. Haven't yet figured out a new strategy for paper 2.       


Aazaad,
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Can anyone explain how "intentionality" relates to Husserl's phenomenology? I understand that intentionality means that consciousness is always consciousness of something. But so what? How is this relevant to Husserl's phenomenological reduction?
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