Philosophy of Humanities (MA)
About the programme
You will take courses at both the Leiden Institute for Philosophy and at other Humanities departments. Students in this two-year programme typically also enrol in one of the master’s programmes taught at the faculty of Humanities.
Philosophy courses integrate historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to the study of primary philosophical texts. The programme combines continental and analytical philosophy.
The two-year programme consists of the following components:
- MA courses in the chosen discipline outside philosophy (for a total of 40 EC)
- Specialist courses (for a total of 20 EC)
- Optional courses in Philosophy (for a total of 40 EC)
- Master’s thesis, thesis seminar, and exam (20 EC)
For a detailed programme, see this year's Prospectus.
Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.
The objective of the two-year master’s in Philosophy of Humanities programme is to provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of the philosophical foundations and methodological aspects of a number of disciplines in the field of Humanities.
The development of in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in logic, critical thinking and communication are key goals of this programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience and professional skills through an internship or by participating in an exchange programme at another top university.
“The disciplines of the humanities are distinguished by their focus on what makes a human life truly human. Thinking philosophically about the humanities therefore involves thinking philosophically about what it means to live in a human world.”
“This course of study is especially designed for students with a humanities background who seek to develop the philosophical implications of the themes of their studies. The disciplines of the humanities are distinguished by their focus on what makes a human life truly human. Thinking philosophically about the humanities therefore involves thinking philosophically about what it means to live in a human world. The program follows a rigorous series of seminars distributed along three axes: the first is a continuation of your studies in the chosen field of humanities. The second involves a philosophical examination of themes common to philosophy and the humanities. Such past courses have addressed the philosophy of fiction, the philosophy of history, the philosophy of play and the philosophy of embodiment. The third axis involves a focus on philosophical ways to think about the disciplines of the humanities themselves, including philosophical explorations of the ways the disciplines of the humanities create a world of meaning for the members of a culture, including studies of phenomenology, deconstruction, hermeneutics.
In class, you will develop your own critical approach to your home discipline and use it as a starting point to critically engage with philosophical materials relevant to it. You will also examine such disciplines in terms of the way they not only describe their object but also create a certain way for us to live. The student experience is focused on developing independent and critical thinking, with great personal attention and group work, you will be introduced to the tradition of European philosophy and to the practice of philosophy as a quest and construction of meaning.”