About the programme

The master programme is structured around two tracks ‘Continental Philosophy and its History’ (CPH) and ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ (PPE). Besides, to enable all students maximum flexibility in pursuing their personal field of academic interest it will remain possible to choose courses from both tracks. All in close consultation with the academic counselor and only after final approval of the Board of Examiners.

Practical information

The full curriculum comprises 60 EC in total. For students following one of the two tracks the schedule is as follows. In block 1 all students take the same two courses of 7.5 EC and the thesis writing group of 3.75 EC. In block 2, students take two courses in either the CPH or PPE track (15 EC). In block 3 students choose electives which have to add up to 11.25 credits. In block 4 students write their thesis.

Curriculum CPH 
CourseEC
Block 1
Life, Power and Global Technologies: (Post)hermeneutical and Critical Perspectives 7.5
The Politics of Skepticism: Relativism, Fundamentalism and Toleration 7.5
Thesis Writing Group 3.75
Block 2
Metaphysics in Spinoza and Leibniz: Original Motivations and Contemporary Relevance 7.5
Art Theory and Art Practice 7.5
Block 3: electives
Lacan and Phenomenology* 3.75
Philosophy of Matter* 7.5
The Moral Self* 3.75
The Late Writings of Foucault: Power, Knowledge and Self* 3.75
Social Choice Theory* 3.75
War in the History of Ideas* 3.75
Block 4:
Thesis 15

* The elective part of your Masters's programme has to comprise out of 11.25 credits.

Curriculum PPE 
CourseEC
Block 1
The Politics of Skepticism: Relativism, Fundamentalism and Toleration 7.5
Life, Power and Global Technologies: (Post)hermeneutical and Critical Perspectives 7.5
Thesis Writing Group 3.75
Block 2
Freedom and Responsibility 7.5
Welfare and Cooperation: Theory and Policy Implications 7.5
Block 3: electives
Lacan and Phenomenology* 3.75
Philosophy of Matter* 7.5
The Moral Self* 3.75
The Late Writings of Foucault: Power, Knowledge and Self* 3.75
Social Choice Theory* 3.75
War in the History of Ideas* 3.75
Block 4:
Thesis 15

 

Learning objectives

The MA Philosophy aims to prepare students for an academic career. It provides students with a thorough grounding in subjects of interest within the two tracks and with analytical and research skills required for further study as junior researchers or Ph.D candidates.

Mode of education

The education in the Master in Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam is organised on a small-scale basis. Besides the lectures you will have individual tutorials. There is ample room for debate and discussion with fellow students, but we also expect you to work individually, for instance by writing essays. During the process of writing your master thesis you will be closely supervised.