New ‘Modern Philosophy’ MA at Royal Holloway

Just a plug for Royal Holloway’s new MA in Modern Philosophy, which aims give postgrad students the chance to explore both ‘continental’ and ‘analytic’ approaches. Here’s the blurb:

The Royal Holloway MA in Modern Philosophy offers a unique approach to post-graduate study of philosophy by bringing into conversation Anglo-American ‘analytical’ philosophy on the one hand and ‘European’ or ‘Continental’ Philosophy on the other. The MA is designed for students to investigate both notional traditions of philosophy, incorporating the analytical focus on technical philosophical problems and the European focus on textual exegesis, and bringing these to bear on an exploration of the future of philosophy as a means of understanding what is at stake in the social, political, and economic upheavals of today.

The MA also reflects on the way many of the most important developments in contemporary philosophy result from a new dialogue between the established traditions, as thinkers like Richard Rorty and John McDowell, trained in the analytical tradition, place great emphasis on an engaged reading of Hegel and Heidegger, while thinkers in the European tradition, like Jürgen Habermas and Manfred Frank, engage with analytical ideas. The programme is open both to those who have studied on a predominantly analytical first degree course who wish to find out more about Kant, Nietzsche, and others, and to those who have either studied European philosophy or have become interested in philosophy via other subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and who wish to gain more philosophical expertise. The MA offers both a chance to extend your study of philosophy without regard to many of the constraints present on many Philosophy courses, and will be ideal preparation for those who wish to pursue research in philosophy, offering both conceptual rigour and sensitivity to historical and textual issues.

The core courses on “the European philosophical trajectory” (from Kant to the present) and “the analytical philosophical trajectory” (from Frege and Wittgenstein to the present) look pretty interesting (check out the syllabus here), and the teaching team includes some talented people, including (just to name those I’m familiar with) Dr. Henry Somers-Hall, Dr. Nathan Widder and Prof. Andrew Bowie.

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