Philosophy

Five core courses of Philosophy

Philosophy

In the minor Philosophy you will learn to think critically about present-day issues. It will introduce you to fundamental questions such as “What is a just society?” and “What is good science?” and in that way familiarize you with the ideas of great philosophical thinkers from history.

Ethics:
How should we act? What is the good life? This course offers an overview of the main approaches in contemporary ethics, and discusses many everyday dilemmas.

Philosophy of Science:
What is good science? This course covers central themes from the philosophy of science, such as how science is different from non-science, the role of values in science, the responsibilities of scientists, and the possible limits of science.

Great Minds I:
This course forms an introduction to ancient and medieval philosophy, and covers texts by the great minds of that period, including Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Thomas van Aquino and Ockham.

Great Minds II:
This course is on the great minds from the 17th to the 20th century who had a deep influence on philosophical thought in general and views about science and culture in particular.

Political Philosophy:
How should society be organized? In this course, you will learn about the most important views behind the modern political spectrum.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

Admission
The minor Philosophy is open to students from all Bachelor’s programmes, with the exception of students from the Bachelor’s programme Philosophy.

Registration
The minor Philosophy is a university minor, which means you do not need permission from your own Exam Committee.

More information about Admission and Registration (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

For questions about the programme
Please contact the programme coordinator:

Dr. Jan Willem Wieland
E: j.j.w.wieland@vu.nl

Overview Philosophy

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 semester (30 EC)

START DATE

September 1st

FIELD OF INTEREST

Philosophy
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Art, Culture and History

FACULTY

Humanities

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