BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

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Program Description

This unique programme in Philosophy offers you comparative perspectives from around the globe, enabling you to become part of the next generation of thinkers: those who are studying and shaping the philosophy for a globalized 21st century.

The programme gradually prepares you for independent study and research. The first year focuses on study skills like reading, argument analysis, and writing short essays.

The second year focuses on presentation skills, argument design, and advanced writing. In the third year you will be combining these skills in specialist seminars, with the bachelor's thesis as your final proof of competence.

Why study Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives?

Philosophy challenges you to question prejudices and to be open to different perspectives. This philosophy bachelor programme is unique in that it offers a cross-cultural dimension of comparative philosophy in which the world's thought traditions mutually inform and enrich one another. Studying the philosophies of India, East Asia, and the Arab world alongside those of the West will give you a global context for thought and make you the kind of professional that today's global world is simply crying out for.

Why Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives at Leiden University?

  • Unique in The Netherlands and one of the few programmes worldwide to feature traditions of thought from India, East Asia, Europe and the Arab world, while focusing on opportunities for interaction and comparison.
  • International academic environment and teaching based on the long, globally-recognized tradition of excellent Leiden scholarship.
  • Offers small tutorial groups for in-depth discussion and skills training, as well as a thorough mentoring by senior students and dedicated staff.

Is this the programme for you?

  • Do you enjoy discussing current issues in science and society?
  • Do you want to know more about the history of the concepts we use to frame those issues? And do you want to know about the alternative concepts used in other cultures?
  • Are you stimulated by high levels of abstraction?
  • Do you sometimes feel that current debates fail to address the proper questions?
  • Are you willing to challenge assumptions?

Then the Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives programme is for you!

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national an ... Read More

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! Read less
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