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MA in Philosophy with a Concentration in Psychoanalysis

Course Description

The New School for Social Research has always attracted renowned scholars from around the world, who foster an open atmosphere for exploration and inquiry through their teaching and research. The eminent philosophers who have helped create and sustain an intellectually vibrant philosophy department include Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas, Aron Gurwitsch, and Reiner Schürmann.

The focus of study in the Department of Philosophy is the history of Western philosophical thought and the European philosophical tradition, particularly contemporary Continental philosophy. The graduate curriculum consists of two components. The first is the study of major figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Spinoza, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Freud, Gadamer, De Beauvoir, Adorno, Benjamin, Wittgenstein, Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva, and Irigaray. The second explores the movements, schools, branches, and ideas associated with those figures. Philosophy at The New School is thus the study of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and pragmatism; political and social thought; ethics, critical theory, and aesthetics; epistemology, metaphysics, and ontology; logic and language; rationality, methodology, and naturalism within the social sciences; nature, culture, beauty, and goodness; unconscious and conscious processes; and contingency, necessity, human freedom, tragedy, and truth.

MA in Philosophy with a Concentration in Psychoanalysis
This concentration provides philosophy students with an opportunity to focus on the field of psychoanalytic studies. The core of the program will be four courses in psychoanalytic theory, and a thesis in the area. The courses will range from intensive study of Freud to current trends in psychoanalytic theory. In recent years the department has offered the following courses: Freud's Early Writings; Freud on Culture and Civilization; Klein and Lacan; Fetishism and Unconscious Processes; Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction; Feminine Sexuality from Freud to Lacan; and Mourning and Metaphysics.

As with the MA in philosophy, students in this MA concentration are required to successfully complete 30 graduate credits for graduation. Of these, 24 credits must be earned in philosophy and a minimum of six credits must be earned in philosophy seminars. Also, of the total 30 credits, seven courses (i.e., 21 credits) must satisfy the distribution requirements listed below:
- Four courses in psychoanalytic theory
- Courses in three of the following six areas:
----Ancient philosophy
----Medieval and Renaissance philosophy
----Early modern philosophy
----Kant and German idealism
----Twentieth-century Continental philosophy
----Thematic, historically oriented courses in ethics, political philosophy, history of logic or science, and aesthetics

Students must also fulfill the language requirement and successfully submit an approved MA thesis on psychoanalytic theory. To advance to the PhD program in philosophy, students must in addition receive a high pass on the MA oral exam.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited American college or university, or the equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.

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