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Ancient and medieval philosophy and classical philology

Master's Programme, 120 credits

The study of the history of philosophy is a historical as well as a philosophical discipline. It is philosophical because it seeks the origins of contemporary philosophical debates. It is historical because it seeks to understand these origins on their own terms and in their own context. Consequently, its practitioners must be not only philosophically competent but also proficient in the use of historical methods.

Moreover, in the Ancient and Medieval Western world, philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas and William Ockham wrote in either Greek or Latin. This means that anyone who wants to know what these philosophers really said, without the distortions inevitably caused by translations, must also have a grasp of the classical languages and such related auxiliary disciplines as paleography and textual criticism.

As is seen, the academic study of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy requires a set of skills that are becoming increasingly rare even on a global scale. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Classical Philology: Master’s Programme offers students the possibility to acquire all these skills.

The programme has developed as an offshoot of a major interdisciplinary research programme: Representation and Reality. It is offered in close collaboration with the research group and its international network of leading scholars and partner institutions.

Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Degree of bachelor of arts in one of the following main fields of study: Theoretical Philosophy, Greek, Latin, Liberal Arts, or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credit points from previous university studies, maximum 225 hec.

Applying to the Programme

Information about how to apply

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-11