Official master's degree in Applied Philosophy

This master's degree allows you to apply critical thinking to contemporary challenges: new technologies, climate change, animal rights, feminism, bioethics, art, new politics, etc.

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Ideal student profile

The master’s degree is aimed at those with a prior university qualification in the area of Philosophy, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Legal Sciences, but also in the area of Sciences (Physics, Mathematics or Engineering), who wish to train as highly qualified researchers in Contemporary Philosophy and, specifically, in the discipline of Applied Philosophy. Hence, the course is suitable for students with an interest in philosophical research with reference to the challenges which are posed today for thinking and the theoretical conception of the world and the practices that make it up. It is also a course which is relevant for those who wish to optimize their professional activity, particularly in the area of human resources, administration, services, scientific research or dealing with the public, and to facilitate philosophical competence to distinguish normative or theoretical issues that are posed by scientific, technical or professional practice today.
Students should have a capacity for innovation, discernment, argumentation, conceptualization, abstraction, communication, initiative and interdisciplinary work.
Students should have knowledge of foreign languages (English and French) at the level of oral and reading comprehension.

Basic skills

  • Use acquired knowledge as a basis for originality in the application of ideas, often in a research context.
  • Solve problems in new or little-known situations within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.
  • Integrate knowledge and use it to make judgements in complex situations, with incomplete information, while keeping in mind social and ethical responsibilities.
  • Communicate and justify conclusions clearly and unambiguously to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  • Continue the learning process, to a large extent autonomously

Specific skills

  • Analyze and interpret topics and problems in current contemporary philosophical research based on the interrelation between ethics, art and politics.
  • Relate the concepts and knowledge of the various areas of current philosophical research in relation to dependencies between science and technology, and the ethical and political implications of such dependencies.
  • Identify and describe the relevant theoretical elements in contemporary ethical research, especially those associated with the question of good, justice and their political implications.
  • Apply knowledge of classical authors in the western philosophical tradition to current philosophical questions.
  • Reconstruct and analyze critically the positions of the main current researchers in the field of philosophy of each of the main subject areas of the master’s degree (science, art, politics) using their characteristic categories and lexis.
  • Define, design, plan and prepare an original and unpublished work of philosophical research, following established academic-scientific parameters.
  • Contribute to debates in current philosophical research making significant critical contributions, with conceptual precision and good arguments by means of public presentation.
  • Critically assess the implications on the human condition of new ideological, political, economic and technological forms that impact on the contemporary world.
  • Classify in a systematic and revealing way the various manifestations of contemporary art, especially those associated with new traditions and media.
  • Establish and apply the implications that scientific knowledge and research have for advanced philosophical research.

Cross-curricular skills

  • Search for, select and manage information autonomously, both from structured sources (data bases, bibliographies, specialized journals) and from information distributed on the web.
  • Organize one’s own time and resources to undertake research: design a plan by prioritizing objectives, schedules and commitments.
  • Analyze critically and synthesize information obtained from an article or a specialized monograph, and from quality information distributed on the web.