Minor Degree in Philosophy

Philosophy is, due to its meta-scientific nature, the ideal subject to be combined with studies in any other special science. Philosophy examines fundamental conceptual and methodological questions in relation to the special sciences, as well as the philosophical implications of the results of the special sciences. Thus, a student can study, say, biology and combine it with a minor degree in philosophy to develop sensitivity to questions of philosophy of biology such as: What are the philosophical implications of the theory of evolution? What are the philosophical implications of the discovery of genome?
Likewise, a student can combine studies in physics, psychology, mathematics, sociology etc. with studies in philosophy and develop sensitivity to philosophical questions that the special sciences raise. In physics, for example, a student can develop sensitivity to the philosophical implications of relativity theory about the nature of space and time. In psychology, for example, about the scientific status of psychoanalytic theory. In maths, for example, about the relation between maths and logic. In sociology, for example, about the nature of social facts and collective agency.

Hence, the minor degree in philosophy is suited for restless students who ask deep questions about the methodology and the philosophical implications of their particular special science.

A detailed description of the programme of study is available on page 218 of the undergraduate prospectus.

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