The Master’s programme in Philosophy is unique in offering specializations covering analytic and continental styles of philosophy. The specialization Philosophy in the analytic tradition includes many courses and specialised tutorial options. With courses taught by world renowned academics in decision theory, philosophy of science, and ethics, the VU department of philosophy is an ideal place to study analytic philosophy. The analytic specialization provides students not only with courses covering the core contemporary areas of philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics, but also a historical background that outlines the development and emergence of analytic philosophy. Students are invited to contribute to this tradition through the production of the MA thesis.
The department Humanities at VU is one of the largest in the Netherlands, providing a vibrant and modern study environment. There is an active student association (Icarus), run completely by students. In addition, 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 and other funding bodies, which reflects the high quality of the department’s research.
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME
The first half of the Philosophy in the analytic tradition specialization provides students with foundational courses. The track begins with two historical courses charting the development of the analytic style of philosophy from its origins in the philosophy of language and logical positivism that developed in the Vienna Circle and in the UK to the reemergence of analytic ethics in Rawls, Cohen, and contemporary political theory. This historical background is followed by two courses that provide students with an overview of Ethics and the Philosophy of Science. In the third period students complete a bridge course Beyond The Great Divide that compares and contrasts continental methods and topics with those practiced by analytic philosophers. The second half of the specialization gives students the opportunity to customise their programme of study, choosing two courses from three tutorial options, including Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and Epistemology. The track concludes with the MA thesis project, supported by six weeks of supervision.
SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission into the one year MA 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 December 18, 2015