The VU Master’s programme in Philosophy is unique in offering specializations of study covering analytic and continental styles of philosophy. The specialization Philosophy in the continental tradition includes many courses and specialized tutorial options. The VU department Humanities offers an exciting new specialization that allows students to specialize in the study of either analytic or continental styles and traditions of philosophy. The department is well positioned to offer study in continental philosophy, with researchers working on in the fields of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and feminist theory. The department Humanities is one of the largest in the Netherlands, providing a vibrant and modern study environment.
There is an active student association (Icarus) and there is no other philosophical department in the Netherlands where so many conferences and congresses are held, often with close student involvement. Many of our academic teaching staff have been awarded the annual university teaching prize and several others have been short-listed. Faculty research is part-financed by NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and other funding bodies, which reflects the high esteem in which the departments research is held. In recent years, a number of students have also been awarded a VSB scholarship, enabling them to embark on long-term studies at a foreign university and prepare for a PhD programme.
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME AND THE SPECIALIZATION
The first half of the Philosophy in the Continental Tradition provides students with foundational courses. The track begins with two historical courses charting the development of the continental style of philosophy from its origins in the writing of Hegel and his interaction with Neoplatonism through the work of Husserl and Heidegger and on to the contemporary work of thinkers such as Derrida, and Ricoeur. This historical background is followed by two courses that provide students with an overview of contemporary social philosophy and phenomenology. In the third period students complete a bridge course Beyond The Great Divide that compares and contrasts continental and analytic methods and topics. The second half of the Continental track gives students the opportunity to customize their programme of study, choosing two specialized tutorial tracks from three options, including Ethics, Metaphysics, and Social Philosophy. The track concludes with the MA thesis project, supported by six weeks of supervision.
SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission into the one year specialization in Philosophy in the continental track requires a BA degree in philosophy or equivalent philosophical background. The programme instruction is in English.
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Last updated July 14, 2016