The Research Master's program in Philosophy is a two-year program that covers a wide range of subjects in philosophy. Our overall aim is to provide you with the skills and insight needed to do independent intellectual work in philosophy at a postgraduate level. Some of our students want to acquire these skills and insights as preparation for a PhD track, some plan to use them in another area of intellectual enterprise, and some are just curious and want to know what postgraduate studies in philosophy are like. But all are invited to participate in a lively research environment in which students are encouraged to interact with some of the best minds in the field.
The difference between our Research Masters program in Philosophy and other programs is that it emphasizes skills. You will receive a solid, thorough training in the art of thinking: clear reasoning, critical analysis, deciphering complex subjects, and techniques such as conveying your thoughts accurately. As a Masters graduate you will be able to make a valuable contribution to the intellectual debate on philosophy, both amongst colleagues and in wider social circles.
Research in philosophy at Tilburg University attracts world-wide attention. In theoretical philosophy, the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) is home to extensive collaboration between logicians, philosophers of science, epistemologists, and philosophers of language. And in practical philosophy there is a similarly strong cooperation between ethicists and social, political and legal philosophers. There are frequent guest lectures by renowned speakers from all over the world, all of which are open to students. We stimulate an intellectually open atmosphere and we not only study the many interconnections between philosophical topics but also engage in interdisciplinary research, in which philosophical points of view are combined with insights from economics, legal theory, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics or computer science.
Within Tilburg University, School of Humanities we offer the widest selection of philosophy specializations in Europe. You can choose between expert supervision in continental, analytical and historical approaches to philosophy in a wide range of research areas.
The Research Master in Philosophy offers teaching in the entire range of philosophical disciplines, and if some course should not be taught at one of the participating universities, it will be at the other, an hour's train ride away. However, students enrolling at Tilburg are expected to choose one of the following specializations:
Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS)
In Epistemology and Philosophy of Science you study topics from general philosophy of science, the philosophy of the natural sciences, and the philosophy of the social and behavioural sciences. This is done by applying a spectrum of methods ranging from the traditional method of conceptual analysis to the application of formal methods, often in close interaction with the sciences.
Logic, Language, Rationality, and Information (TiLPS)
In Logic, Language, Rationality, and Information you help develop logics that fit ordinary rational behaviour better than straightforward applications of classical logic do. There is a special interest in the philosophy of language and in logics for ordinary language, the normal vehicle of reasoning.
Philosophy of Mind
In Philosophy of Mind you not only study the rationality of the science of the mind-psychology-in its relation to other disciplines, such as anthropology, economics, and neuroscience, but you also study the rationality of human and animal cognition itself. The role of the body, the environment, and evolution take central stage here.
Legislation and Identity
In Legislation and Identity you focus on the study of legal and political philosophy, with a special emphasis on issues pertaining to political representation, collective identity, and the first-person plural perspective of a "we" as a putative unity in legislative action. You will draw on strands of analytic philosophy, phenomenology, and the history of philosophy.
Morality and Ethical Life
In Morality and Ethical Life you concentrate on fundamental ethics, social philosophy and the history of philosophy. You will study the question how the tradition of German Idealism can be made productive for the understanding of the relation between Morality and Ethical Life in a globalized and multicultural world.
Economy and Ethics
In Economy and Ethics you study the moral dimensions of markets and market processes. Research questions include: What are the possibilities and limitations of the market from a moral point of view? How can markets serve a plurality of interests within society, and how can they contribute to social and ecological sustainability and general welfare?
Culture, Identity and Representation
In Culture, Identity and Representation you will focus on the hermeneutics of representation and from this point of view will study issues such as identity, narrativity, corporality, art and the evolution of communication. You will engage, in particular, with the work of Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Lyotard, Lacoue-Labarthe, and Nancy
Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:
You are exempt from an English test:
In all other cases, please send us a certified copy of ONE of the following English proficiency tests:
*To students who have successfully completed a Master's or a comparable final academic examination in a relevant discipline, the Admissions Committee proposes a reduced programme, which, according to the Admissions Committee, warrants successful completion of the program of the program with all exemptions from units of study take into account.
No work experience is required.
On April 3, 2013, the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) decided to award Tilburg University the education quality assurance label. This label "expresses that the internal quality care and the efforts of an institution for higher education to improve its performance in relation to the quality of its programs has been positively assessed by the accreditation organization."
The NVAO assessment panel has tested Tilburg University's policy on five standards: quality vision, education policy, results, improvement policy, and organization and decision structure. In addition, the panel explored three "critical themes" :
The assessment panel concluded that Tilburg University is home to a vibrant and stimulating quality culture and has a relevant and widely supported vision on educational quality. The panel expressed its appreciation for the consistency of Tilburg University's quality policy, for example, in the development of research-based learning at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management.
The result of the Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment remains valid for six years. This label means that individual programs will be subject to a much lighter accreditation regime than if the university had not passed the assessment.
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