Philosophy of Humanities

The master’s specialisation Philosophy of Humanities at Leiden University offers students the opportunity to further studies on the interface between scholarship in the humanities and philosophy.

A particular focus is the relation between philosophical thought and European culture, and the programme also covers questions about the relationship between language and thought, and between philosophy, literature and art. The specialisation Philosophy of Humanities has three fields of particular interest. The first focus is on the philosophical historical reflection on what Nietzsche called European nihilism. If scholarship is no longer guided by a philosophical, artistic and spiritual reflection, his diagnosis was, it will revert to the economy.

The second field of interest is the relation between philosophy and language. Just as poetry, philosophy shows that languages are not interchangeable, that language is more than a sheer instrument. What is the relation between philosophical thought and the language in which it has been expressed? How is philosophical thought related to the historical context? What are the circumstances in terms of which these ideas should be understood?

The third field of interest is the philosophical reflection on art, especially on the transition from traditional art to modern art. What is the impact of this transition? What does it mean? What are its motives? Are both art and philosophy searching for new ways to come to terms with life in a constantly expanding reality? The study of art will benefit from the critique of metaphysics in Nietzsche, as well as from the history of philosophical aesthetics from Kant to Heidegger and modern French philosophers. The destruction of the traditional aesthetic concept of art, accomplished by these philosophers, reflects the way in which art itself has changed.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Philosophy (120EC)
  • Degree Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Mode of study Full-time, part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration 2 years (4 years in part-time study)
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60823

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