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Praktisk filosofi - Magisterkurs

The one-year Master’s course in practical philosophy offers an intellectually stimulating and supportive postgraduate environment. You will be taught and supervised by members of faculty who are internationally well connected and actively involved in research.

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The Master's course practical philosophy includes such fields as metaethics, normative ethics and political philosophy. The course is for students who are well-trained in analytical philosophy and who aim to pursue doctoral studies. It includes a thesis of 30 credits.

Admission

Admission is offered only once a year, for the autumn semester.

Application period

March 15–April 19, 2022

Requirements

Bachelor course in practical philosophy (90 ECTS credits) or equivalent.

Eligibility criteria

If there are more applications than positions, the positions will be allocated based on the grades and the relevance of academic courses, the quality/subject of the bachelor thesis and motivation letter. Please do not forget to upload the motivation letter when you apply!

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How to apply

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  • Kursupplägg

    Roll call and introduction.

    The course lasts two semesters (autumn/spring) for 60 ECTS credits.

    In the first semester you will take four modules, one of which is mandatory and the other three are chosen from a range of special topics that vary from term to term. You must pass the examinations of the first semester in order to proceed into the second semester.

    Modules

    Current Research Area 1 Moral Relativism, Instructor: Greg Bognar

    Current Research Area 2 Metaethics, Instructor: Stina Björkholm

    Current Research Area 3 History of Philosophy, Instructor: Henrik Lagerlund och Miira Tuominen 

    In the first semester in the Autumn four course modules of 7,5 credits each are taken. One of the modules is mandatory:

    Scientific Method and Research Ethics

    With the exception of the mandatory course, the other three are chosen by the student in consultation with the course convener. Under the heading Modules a list of courses to choose from will be announced.

    Apart from the courses listed there is also a possibility to pick up a 7,5 credit course offered at the undergraduate level, depending on interests and previous studies. There is a course in Epistemology on the undergraduate level that may be an option. It should be mentioned though that it is not yet determined whether this course will be taught in English.

    The second semester consists of your thesis work. You will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in the topic of the thesis. The topic is elective but must be approved by the examiners and must fit the research profile of the members of the faculty.

    After completing the course, you are eligible to apply for a PhD position. For more information about PhD admissions, please visit the website for PhD programmes

    Delkurser

    Current Research Area 1

    Moral Relativism

    Moral relativism is one of the few metaethical views that people outside of
    philosophy can identify.  Some people (including many students) consider
    themselves moral relativists.  Others think moral relativism is obviously wrong.
    The debate extends far beyond philosophy: conservative pundits, politicians and
    religious leaders often rail against moral relativism.  In their telling,
    relativism is a scourge of the modern world.  Other public intellectuals, many
    academics and social justice activists defend moral relativism as an antidote to
    ethnocentrism and racism and the only moral position that can ensure tolerance.

    Outside of ethics, moral relativism also crops up at surprising places, from
    developmental psychology, cognitive science, social or cultural anthropology
    (from where it originates) to the philosophy of science and social and political
    theory.

    This course looks at moral relativism from a variety of perspectives and uses it
    as a gateway to study related questions in different disciplines and areas of
    philosophy.  We will examine the problem of moral relativism in experimental
    philosophy, practical reasoning, metaethics, moral psychology, cultural and
    philosophical anthropology, social ontology and political philosophy.

    Teacher: Greg Bognar

     

    Current Research Area 2

    Metaethics

    This course focuses on the distinctive duality that moral language has been thought to display. On the one hand, a speaker who utters “lying is wrong” appears to assert a content which she believes to be true. But on the other hand, she also seems to convey that she has an attitude of disapproval towards lying, that she is herself inclined to refrain from lying, and that she encourages other to refrain from it as well. According to hybrid theories, this duality of moral language can be accommodated by saying that moral claims have both a descriptive and a practical linguistic function. In this course, we will use resources from the philosophy of language to see how the descriptive and practical aspects of moral claims might be conveyed.

    Teacher: Stina Björkholm

     

    Current Research Area 3

    History of Philosophy

    Teachers: Henrik Lagerlund och Miira Tuominen 

     

     

    Examination

    The student must pass the examinations of the first semester in order to proceed to the second semester. Work on the thesis (30 credits) runs for both semesters. The topic is elective but must be approved by the convenor and must fit the research profile of the members of the faculty. A supervisor will be allocated to the student, based on her or his project description. The final grade of the entire course is determined by the grade of the thesis. The exam of the thesis part consists in the thesis itself, a defence of it at a seminar, and an opposition on another student’s thesis at a seminar. We recommend that you study the grading criteria and the guidelines for the thesis.

    Note that the demands for the Master’s thesis are higher than for a Bachelor’s thesis, with respect to volume, content, and degree of independence in the writing process. This is reflected in the grading criteria.

    There is a strong expectation that the thesis be completed during the second term of the one-year master (magister) course. If needed, supervision can be extended to the term following the one in which the student begins his or her supervised work. Students who do not finish the thesis within these two terms have no right to extended supervision, but they have a right to submit a thesis and have it graded.

    Grading criteria for Master’s thesis

  • Schema

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  • Kurslitteratur

    Observera att kurslitteraturen kan ändras fram till två månader före kursstart.

    Moral Relativism

    Articles selected by teacher

    Metaethics

    Stina Björkholm, The Duality of Moral Language: On Hybrid Theories in Metaethics (2022)

    History of Philosophy

    TBA

  • Mer information

    Eligible course modules Autumn term 2022

    Current Research Area 1, Moral Relativism, Instructor: Greg Bognar

    Current Research Area 2, Metaethics, Instructor: Stina Björkholm

    Current Research Area 3, History of Philosophy, Instructors: Henrik Lagerlund and Miira Tuominen

    In the first semester in the Autumn four course modules of 7,5 credits each are taken. One of the modules is mandatory:

    Scientific Method and Research Ethics

    With the exception of the mandatory course, the other three are chosen by the student in consultation with the course convener. Under the heading Modules a list of courses to choose from will be announced.

    Apart from the courses listed there is also a possibility to pick up a 7,5 credit course offered at the undergraduate level, depending on interests and previous studies. There is a course in Epistemology on the undergraduate level that may be an option. It should be mentioned though that it is not yet determined whether this course will be taught in English.

  • Kontakt

    Krister Bykvist

    krister.bykvist@philosophy.su.se

    Katharina Berndt Rasmussen

    katharina.berndt@philosophy.su.se