In the track Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges you will come to grasp the philosophical and ethical issues that arise with respect to populism, migration, terrorism, inequality, sustainability and the role science and technology play in our society. In doing so, you develop crucial skills such as thinking critically, conceptualizing clearly and arguing convincingly, each of which is a valuable asset in today’s job market.
This track is unique, because it combines a philosophical and ethical perspective with an applied focus on urgent societal evolutions and problems. This unique program stimulates you to question and criticize conventional ideas of sociologists, economists and other specialists about democracy, justice, market forces, science and technology.
All courses are taught by experts in the respective fields and revolve around state-of-the-art literature from contemporary thinkers. You learn to come to grips with these at a high academic level and apply them to contemporary challenges in society.
In Philosophy of Humanity and Culture we go into the topics dealt with in classics from the European tradition. Topics we will be discussing include the difference between ‘nature and ‘culture’, ‘humans’ and ‘animals’, ‘being’ and ‘appearing’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Romanticism’. In this, we put particular emphasis on the importance for our identity of history, religion, art, language and psychology. We also pay attention to the role of memory, gender, the relationship between literature, film and philosophy, war, art and remembrance, and that between religion and secularization. Together, these all contribute to our understanding of human existence, culture and society.
In modern times, from the seventeenth century onwards, widely differing answers have been given to the questions raised in classic works. Answers that resonate in present-day philosophical, scientific, religious and political debates. As a philosopher, you are not easily satisfied with answers given. That is why in the Philosophy of Humanity and Culture Master’s program you learn to continuously ask relevant questions, and what these questions entail. In addition to clear observation, reasoning, and speaking and writing, you learn to critically scrutinize humans and human society through various philosophical approaches. That way you position yourself firmly at the heart of life and society.