Philosophy of Humanity and Culture

Come to understand yourself, humans, and our culture through classic philosophical works

Philosophy of Humanity and Culture is an English-taught track in which you focus in detail on modern European philosophical traditions. You study classics of philosophy and you learn what it means not to stop asking questions. Is there such a thing as the ‘essence’ or ‘nature’ of Man, or has human existence always been determined by cultural contexts? What is ‘identity’ and how does art contribute to our experience of humanity or to understanding our existence? Because you learn to throw new light on fundamental questions, you can make valuable contributions to a better understanding of humans, of culture and of life itself. The insights you acquire are very useful in professions like that of scientific researcher, teacher, artist, educator in arts and culture, writer, or journalist.

Cast new light on fundamental questions by continuing to ask questions.

In Philosophy of Humanity and Culture we go into the topics dealt with in classics from the European tradition. Topics we will be discussing include the difference between ‘nature and ‘culture’, ‘humans’ and ‘animals’, ‘being’and ‘appearing’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Romanticism’. In this, we put particular emphasis on the importance for our identity of history, religion, art, language and psychology. We also pay attention to the role of memory, gender, the relationship between literature, film and philosophy, war, art and remembrance, and that between religion and secularization. Together, these all contribute to our understanding of human existence, culture and society.

In modern times, from the seventeenth century onwards, widely differing answers have been given to the questions raised in classic works. Answers that resonate in present-day philosophical, scientific, religious and political debates. As a philosopher, you are not easily satisfied with answers given. That is why in the Philosophy of Humanity and Culture Master’s program you learn to continuously ask relevant questions, and what these questions entail. In addition to clear observation, reasoning, and speaking and writing, you learn to critically scrutinize humans and human society through various philosophical approaches. That way you position yourself firmly at the heart of life and society.

Why opt for ‘Philosophy of Humanity and Culture' in Tilburg?

In the last few years, the great German and French philosophical traditions have been receiving less and less attention in the Netherlands. Knowledge is increasingly viewed as a process that sooner or later must lead to a conclusion. But where others stop and are satisfied with conclusions that is where philosophers pick things up and get started. In this, you cannot get round a thorough study of the great German and French thinkers of the past four hundred years and their influence on the latest developments in European and American philosophy. Philosophy of Humanity and Culture distinguishes itself from the vast majority of other philosophy Master’s programs in the Netherlands by its focus on modern, postmodern and contemporary European philosophy.

Philosophy of Humanity and Culture in short

Track Philosophy
StartEnd of August or end of January
Duration12 months (full-time program)
TitleMaster of Arts (MA)
Contiguous Bachelor’s programs See Admission and Application
Part-time programAvailable
Possible careers after graduationAcademic researcher, writer, journalist, program maker, educator in arts and culture

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