Universiteit Leiden

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Institute for Philosophy


The Leiden Institute for Philosophy has a unique profile in the Low Countries and is one of few of its kind worldwide. It takes a global and comparative perspective of philosophy, whereas most philosophy programs restrict themselves to European and Anglo-American philosophical traditions rooted in Greek antiquity, Leiden University’s approach is different. In addition to systematic and historically informed philosophy typical for European and Anglo-American programs, the Leiden program features philosophies from Africa, India, eastern Asia and the Arab world, combining conceptual analysis with hermeneutics and phenomenology, and historical contextualisation with cross- cultural comparison.

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