University of Barcelona

Analytic Philosophy (biennial)

Objectives and competences


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.


General competences:
On completion of the degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge that forms the basis of original thinking in the development and/or application of ideas, typically in a research context.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the specific field of study.
  • Integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.
  • Present conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialists and non-specialists, in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate the learning skills to facilitate further learning requiring a more independent and self-directed approach.
  • Extract, analyse and construct valid arguments and identify logical fallacies.
  • Design, create and implement new and innovative projects in a specific knowledge area.
  • Alternate between general and detailed discussion and provide imaginary or real examples to support or refute a position.
  • Work independently or as part of a team in an international or multidisciplinary environment.
  • Identify methodological errors, rhetorical resources, uncritical conventional assumptions, vagueness and superficiality.

Specific competences:
Students will also be able to:
  • Demonstrate the concepts and methods of contemporary analytical philosophy and the ability to use them in the formulation and defence of philosophical propositions.
  • Identify the central theories and lines of argument in contemporary theoretical philosophy.
  • Identify the central theories and lines of argument of practical philosophy and contemporary values.
  • Assess the value of the writings of the main contemporary analytical philosophers.
  • Identify the key ideas in contemporary philosophical debate and research.
  • Interpret and evaluate texts of different periods and traditions.
  • Apply the terminology of contemporary philosophy.