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Contemporary Thought and Classical Tradition

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The master's degree in Contemporary Thought and Classical Tradition provides an overview of the most important writers and issues in contemporary thought, encouraging students to consider how contemporary issues acquire more profound significance when viewed from a historical perspective. The course examines contemporary schools of thought such as hermeneutics, post-structuralism and philosophies of difference while also requiring students to consider the contemporary and classical roots of philosophy.
The master's degree Contemporary Thought and Classical Tradition reflects the interest among students of philosophy and related disciplines ' as well as students outside the arts and humanities ' in the history of thought and its role in shaping contemporary culture. The program responds to this interest by critically examining texts written by the great thinkers of our cultural tradition, not only from a retrospective perspective but also from a prospective one, enabling students to bring well-founded considerations to bear in the debate on the nature of socio-cultural problems in today's society.

The program is structured into three specializations with a common foundation of five core subjects, addressing issues and trends which have influenced and continue to influence the shaping of our culture and world view through the use of methodological tools for research in philosophy and related disciplines.

Learning objectives

The goal of this program is to provide advanced education in the history of thought and its different facets (philosophical, linguistic and social) from the inception of rational thought in ancient Greece to the present day. Students will acquire the tools to access and critically examine key texts by authors who have contributed decisively to shaping how we think and live in society. The texts will be studied in their original language whenever possible.

This general focus will be articulate through a multidisciplinary approach, in line with the nature of the subject matter, although the backbone of course will consist of historical and systematic study of the central themes that have been and continue to be of key importance in the sphere of philosophy.

The program will be research-orientated, although other competences will be indirectly acquired, many of which are applicable in a range of professional settings, particularly in the field of education.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan and Spanish (according to subject)
Number of places available:
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 2019-2020
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Philosophy
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