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Research Master'sPhilosophy of Mind and Language

In this Philosophy Research master’s specialisation you will explore explicit connections to developments in cognitive neuroscience and linguistics and explore the richness of language and communication from a social and evolutionary perspective.

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What will you learn

Traditionally, philosophy of mind is part of the analytical tradition in philosophy. Recently, however, a more phenomenological approach to typical questions in the philosophy of mind has provided a refreshing new look on old topics. The advance of cognitive neuroscience is also leaving its trace in the way old questions are posed and answered. Therefore, the research Master’s in Philosophy of Mind and Language combines traditional analytical theorising with insights from phenomenology and the empirical sciences. Language is without doubt one of our most complex achievements, but at the end of the day, it’s all about what we do with it, how we use language to understand, comfort, criticise, and manipulate each other. Language is an immensely complicated tool for doing all these things, and more. We talk all the time. Language is our main form of social interaction. In the Master’s specialisation in Philosophy of Mind Language you’ll explore the richness of language from a social and evolutionary perspective.

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Future career opportunities

This programme is designed for students who wish to acquire the skills needed for a career in research, either in academia or elsewhere. The training you receive in conducting academic philosophical research will give you a head start in a search for a PhD position, but your analytical, conceptual and investigative skills also open up a wider range of career opportunities. 

In recent years around 40% of graduates have chosen to continue in academia by pursuing a PhD position (with a success rate of nearly 90%). Many others have chosen to apply their skills elsewhere, in government, journalism, teaching, think tanks, NGOs, IT, consultancy and as strategists, researchers, or policy makers in a host of other fields. 

Your network of Research Master’s alumni and the reputation of the philosophy departments at Radboud University will definitely serve you well, whichever career path you choose. 

Here, you can read more about the experiences of former student Sümer Şen.

Career prospects


All of the research related to this specialisation is related to the section Philosophy of Mind and Language, which focuses on the context-dependence of the interpretation of linguistic and non-linguistic behaviour. The research carried out in this section covers a number of traditional topics: mental causation, perception of, for example, colour, phenomenal consciousness and qualia, theories of mind, mental content and the nature of folk-psychology.

Our research is closely related to ongoing research in the field of cognitive neuroscience. As neuroscientists probe ever deeper into the workings of our brain new philosophical questions arise. Questions, for instance, about the reach of neuroscientific research on classic philosophical issues such as the nature of free will.

Thesis subjects in Philosophy of Mind and Language

Recent master’s theses (publishable articles) were about the following themes:

  • Social cognition
  • Understanding other minds (embodied perspective)
  • Psychopathology (embodied perspective)
  • Interdependence of culture and cognition
  • Phenomenal consciousness
  • Taxonomies in cognitive neuroscience
  • Why don’t people lie more often?
  • The evolutionary origins of cooperation
  • Language and awareness
  • Language and the law
  • The evolution of shared meaning
  • Communication in chimpanzees
  • Everyday confabulation

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Tuitions & grants

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