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Teoretisk filosofi - Magisterkurs

The one-year Master’s course in theoretical 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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Rollcall and information about the course:
Monday 29 of August, 14-15, in D734, at the Department of Philosophy.

The Master's course in theoretical philosophy includes such fields as philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, philosophy of science and the history of theoretical 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 is offered only once a year, for the autumn semester.

Application period

March 15–April 15, 2022


Bachelor course in theoretical 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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Click on the application box in the right hand column.

  • Kursupplägg

    The first semester: Four course modules of 7,5 credits each

    One of the modules is mandatory -

    Scientific Method and Research Ethics

    - and the other three are chosen by the student in consultation with the course convener. Under the heading Modules you’ll find a list of courses to choose from, all taught in English.

    Literature course 1, 1st half of semester: The Concept of Mind from Plato to Descartes, 7.5 credits.
    Description of course content: This course focuses on the theories of what we nowadays call ‘the mind’ in pre-modern philosophical sources in Europe and the Islamic world. In much of the sources the relevant notion is that of the soul, and the soul also has a number of life-functions in addition to those that we today conceptualize as functions of the mind. We focus on questions about what the soul (as mind) is taken to be. Is it an entity capable of separate existence or rather something that inseparably and inextricably belongs to the body and only lives and exists in bodies? What things or creatures have minds and what does this mean? What is the role of reason and its concepts in human cognition? Is there non-conceptual perception, and how does the external world make its impact on our minds? Or, rather, is the soul something that makes its impact on the world? And who invented the mind-body problem?
    Instructors: Henrik Lagerlund and Miira Tuominen.
    Examination: Assignments/essay

    Literature course 2, 2nd half of semester: Naming and Necessity: philosophical issues, 7.5 credits.
    Description of course content: This course will explore a wide range of central philosophical issues on which Saul Kripke’s Naming and Necessity (1981) has had a lasting influence. In the course, we will read Naming and Necessity closely alongside secondary literature that explores the issues that it raises. The topics will be roughly divided into three parts: (i) philosophy of language will cover the nature of names and natural kind terms, the failure of the description or cluster/description theories of reference, and empty names; (ii)  metaphysics and epistemology will cover the distinction between metaphysical necessity and epistemic apriority; the metaphysics of essence and origin, the nature of modality and possible worlds, and the role of philosophical intuition; (iii) philosophy of mind will cover conceivability arguments and the mind-body problem.
    Instructor: Anandi Hattiangadi
    Examination: Assignments/essay

    Literature course 3, 2nd half of semester: Philosophy of Experiment, 7.5 credits.
    Description of course content: Experiments are an essential part of scientific practice—indeed, they are perhaps even what makes science ‘science’. In no small part thanks to the work of the so-called ‘new experimentalists’, philosophy of experiment has developed into its own field of study, related to but independent of debates about theory confirmation. This seminar will survey some of the main topics in philosophy of experiment. What is an experiment? Can experiments ever decisively test a given hypothesis? What makes an experimental method reliable? What is the relation between the data output of a specific experiment, and the natural phenomena the experiment purports to study? How are measurement standards determined?
    Instructor: Siska de Baerdemeker
    Examination: Assignments/essay

    In addition to the courses listed under Modules, you can also opt for courses at the undergraduate level. Since these courses will be credited at the advanced level, the exam requirements will be adapted to the advanced level. This could be an option for students with a particular interest in any of those courses for the the purpose of preparing for the master thesis the following semester, or if the student has a lacuna in his or her education that needs to eliminated. At most two of the literature courses can be of this kind, and the decision to follow those undergraduate courses instead of the course modules must be approved of by the course convenor.

    The student must pass the examinations of the first semester in order to proceed to the second semester.

    The second semester: Thesis work (30 credits)

    Instructor: Kathrin Glüer-Pagin

    The second semester consists of a thesis work (30 credits). 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. It is recommended to study the grading criteria and the guidelines for the thesis.

    Since an entire semester is devoted to writing the thesis, the demands are higher than for a bachelor’s thesis, with respect to volume (approximately 40 pages), content, and degree of independence in the writing process. This is reflected in the grading criteria.

    Stilguide magisteruppsats


    Examination: Assignments/essay

    Grading criteria for Master’s thesis

  • Schema

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    Literature courses schedule

  • Kurslitteratur

  • Kontakt

    Course convenor: Professor Kathrin Glüer-Pagin