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MasterHistory of Philosophy

There is an English-taught Master’s programme that is offered in Nijmegen that is called History of Philosophy. This is a Master’s specialisation that focuses on the entire history of philosophy, from antiquity to modern times.

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Something for you?

  • We offer a broad choice of courses in the history of philosophy, covering all ages of the history of philosophy.
  • Our staff represent different philosophical currents, including analytic and continental approaches.
  • The programme offers a lively, international environment.
  • Our students rate this Master’s programme 8,6 out of 10 according to the National Student Survey 2019.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

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The Research Master prepares you for working in the academic field and doing research.
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What will you learn

You will explore issues in the history of philosophy and science from antiquity to the contemporary period. Our specialties are: ancient cosmologies; medieval natural philosophy; the Scientific Revolution and the birth of modern philosophy; idealism and phenomenology; the emergence and end of the metaphysical tradition; philosophy in the technological age. You will learn how to publish articles in academic peer-reviewed journals and apply for grants and PhD positions.

Curriculum and courses

Research

All of the research related to this specialisation is embedded in the Centre for the History of Philosophy and Science. This internationally renowned centre is dedicated to the study of the historical interrelation of philosophy and the sciences. Many of the researchers affiliated with the centre investigate the evolution of natural philosophy since Aristotle and the development of the different natural scientific disciplines (such as physics, chemistry or psychology) since the seventeenth century. Although the centre is best known for its expertise in the ancient, medieval and early modern periods, the scholars working there cover the entire period from the Aristotelian corpus up to contemporary philosophy.

The focus on natural philosophy is due to the consideration that, at least up to the eighteenth century, time, space and causality as well as the motion of stars, the structure of stones, the growth of plants, the motion of animals and the nature of the human soul were all an integral part of (natural) philosophy. Nijmegen's Center for the History of Philosophy and Science is the only research centre in the world dedicated to the investigation of this historical development.

“It’s wonderful to see our graduate students develop in a mere two years into real experts. After all, that’s what the programme is all about: by writing a publishable article, you introduce yourself to the scholarly world.”

—Christoph Lüthy, Full Professor in the History of Philosophy

Thesis subjects in History of Philosophy

The centre is active in organising public lectures, seminars and colloquia, which students are very welcome to attend. Although many research Master’s students choose a topic related to the research activities of the Centre, this is not mandatory. Recent Master’s theses (publishable articles) were about the following themes:

  • The use of history in utopian tales
  • The Vatican censorship of Paracelsus
  • Thought experiments in Locke and Leibniz
  • The theme of flight in Plato and Philo of Alexandria
  • Bergson’s method of intuition
  • Chiffons of Clairvaux on the will
  • Perceptual experience in Merleau-Ponty
  • Agamben’s reading of Hegel

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.

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