The notion of power has earned a central place in contemporary academic discourse. Philosophy honors students therefore are expected to obtain knowledge about the manifestations pf power and its impact on society, culture and knowledge.


 Historical approach to Power – Greek, medieval, modern –Manifestation of power in Religion, Language, Ideology, Science, Politics, Law, Media and Medicine – Power as Knowledge and knowledge as Power – Power as a cultural production and culture as power  - Power and Sexuality – Forms of Power exercised in Sri lanka context as a hegemony.

 Recommended Readings: -

1.                  Theerborn, J., 1983. Power of Ideology and Ideology of Power.

2.                  Bourdieu, P., 1984. Language and Symbolic Power.

3.                  Thompson, E.P., The Transforming Power of the cross in Religion and Ideology, by Bocock & Thompson.

4.                  Kapperer, Bruse, 1997. The Feast of the Sorcerer: Practices of conscious and Power.

5.                  David Kertza, 1988, Ritual Politics and Power.

6.                  Bocerdieu, P., 1996. Homo Academicas

7.                  Foucanlt, M., 1963.  The Birth of the Clinic

8.                  Foucanlt, M., 1975. The Discipline and Punish.

9.                  Foucanlt, M., 1975. Power and Knowledge.

10.              Foucanlt, M., The History of Sexuality. 3 Vols.