ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY

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Introduction

The master's degree in Analytic Philosophy is mainly intended for students who want to pursue advanced research in theoretical and practical philosophical considerations from an analytical perspective.
The programme is open to students who have not gained sufficient familiarity with the assumptions and methods of analytical philosophy during their undergraduate studies. It is also open to students who have completed undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than philosophy, who will be asked to complete bridging subjects worth up to 30 credits, selected in agreement with their tutor.
The origins of analytical philosophy go back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the works of authors like Frege, Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein, who wrote on logic, language, ontology, epistemology and ethics. Today, the analytical tradition informs the predominant approach of most universities across the English-speaking world. In Spain, analytical philosophy is a relatively minor tradition at universities and in the media, yet the group of four Catalan universities that offers the master's degree (which uses English as the predominant language of instruction) has been very active in research in recent years, due in part to the ICREA and Ramón y Cajal programmes, which have made it possible to attract leading thinkers from international universities.
As a discipline, analytical philosophy relies heavily on clarity of argumentation, perspicuity of thought and an imaginative critique of approaches that are further removed from common intuition. In the Anglo-Saxon world, it has proved to be a fundamental tool in training professionals in the most widely-sought cross-disciplinary competences, such as the ability to identify and articulately express the central points of a debate, to apply thought and expression precisely in the analysis of complex problems, and to consider propositions with intellectual curiosity and a critical eye. Students who are not looking to pursue an academic career will find good opportunities to put their knowledge into practice in public administration and the private sector.

Learning objectives

The main objective is to train researchers to conduct research of the highest international level in the various areas of analytical philosophy, starting with a doctoral thesis.
Together, the master's degree and the doctoral programme in Analytic Philosophy provide complete training for university professors/researchers. The aspiration is to provide training similar to the training given by graduate schools in the United States and the United Kingdom, where students join research groups formed by fellow students and veteran researchers with a wide range of experience. Students collaborate in reading groups, working groups, etc., but also receive individual supervision from experienced academic staff in order to complete their doctoral research.

Basic Information

Interuniversity:
Yes
Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
Universities:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Girona


Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Spanish: 5-10%, English: 90-95%
Number of places available:
 25
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2017-2018
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Philosophy
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage
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