Five core courses of 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.

This minor is offered in the first semester and offers 30 credits (5 courses of 6 EC).

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.

You can find more information about the programme in the Study Guide.

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

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 practical questions (e.g. about admission or registration)

For questions about the content of the minor
Dr. Jan Willem Wieland

Samenvatting Philosophy




1 semester (30 EC)


September 1st


Gedrag en Maatschappij
Kunst, Cultuur en Geschiedenis