M2 in theology concentration Philosophy
Length: 1 year (can be spread over 2 calendar years)
Preparing for degree: Master of Arts in Theology
Entry requirements: MA1 in Religious Studies or MA1 in Theology (or equivalent)
Choose 4 courses and 1 research seminar from below - to be approved by the Director of Studies
YEAR 2 OF THE MASTER’S IN THEOLOGY - CONCENTRATION: Philosophy
Within the scope of the second year of Master’s in Theology (M2, Master 2) - Concentration: Philosophy, it is possible to specialize in Philosophy, particularly with regard to fundamental issues at the intersection of faith and reason. Prior philosophical knowledge is necessary to complete the research thesis in this specialization. This knowledge can be acquired or consolidated through a prerequisite of 15 to 30 ECTS in philosophy.
During this year, the student writes a research thesis under the direction of a qualified professor, which he or she is required to defend before a jury. The thesis is to be of 350 000 characters - (including spaces). Successful completion of the Master’s degree would enable students to teach and to go on to PhD studies.
The program is structured into:
- an Educational component with specialized courses and interactive online seminars
- a Research component with a thesis, supervised by a research director
Courses and assignments
Online seminars and assignments
The courses available for the Master 2 in Theology program - Concentration: Philosophy can be seen below, with a detailed description for each one. The student should choose their courses after completing the administrative registration application and this choice will be validated by the Board of Studies.
The pedagogy of Domuni does not rely solely on reading. The interactive seminars are regularly offered for Master’s students. These are research seminars where students work synchronously: the seminars take place at fixed times and all participants study at the same time. Seminars are an opportunity for real dialogue-based research, led by a professor. The findings from seminars can lead to publication in Telos, the university’s journal.
ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE
Each course is evaluated by
- a 10-question quiz
- a long paper (10-15 pages)
At the end of the academic year
- The thesis defense concludes the MA 2.
In addition to the fact that students can take more time and study one academic year over two calendar years, examinations, since the Covid 19 pandemic, can be done by videoconferencing, in front of the jury. For the thesis defense, assessments last one hour and are recorded. This arrangement helps to protect the environment (by avoiding travel), to save time and money and of course to avoid transmitting the Covid 19 virus.
It is also worth noting that enrollment happens daily. As soon as the registration process is completed, students receive a code that allows them to access the Domoodle teaching platform and begin studying. As mentioned above, each academic year can be spread over two calendar years without the need to re-enroll or pay tuition fees again.
List of Courses
Introduction to Plato
Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
A Brief History of Medieval Philosophy I
A Brief History of Medieval Philosophy II
Metaphysics - Part 1
Metaphysics is the study of things in their ultimate causes. As such, the specialty of metaphysics is that it seeks the final explanation or the ultimate causes of things precisely in so far as they are, in so far as they exist, or in so far as they are real. Aristotle called it “First Philosophy” or “Theology” since it leads to the first principle or the ultimate explanation of all things.
Metaphysics - Part 2
All human knowledge begins with sense experience but can terminate sometimes in the senses, or in the imagination or in the intellect alone . Accordingly we can distinguish between three levels of scientific knowledge corresponding to the three degrees of abstraction from matter which can be made by the intellect in its examination of reality.
Foundations of Ethics
Ethics, like philosophy, is in search of principles and universals. Ethics reflects on a particular human experience, namely, the experience of the good or of being good, and sets it in the context of the whole. One could also say that ethics reflects on what is the good and how our lives are oriented towards it
Bioethics III: Clinical Ethics & Legal Implications
Social and political philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to critical thinking. Part I
Introduction to critical thinking. Part II
The modern epistemological problem has two aspects:
1. The opposition between science and philosophy or truth and error. We find this basically in Descartes and Kant.
2. The conflict between science and science or that of contemporary and classic physics and not an opposition between science and philosophy or truth and error.
The Origins of Philosophy (Presocratics)
Thomas Aquinas Studies
Kant: A philosophy of Freedom
According to Gibelin in his Foreword to Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone, Freedom is the central theme of Kant’s philosophy. This course will introduce to Kant, centering on Freedom as a key concept to understand his philosophy, in the three spheres defined by the critical project: Metaphysics, Moral and Aesthetics.
Issues in Genomic Research
Introduction to Moral theories in Bioethics I
Introduction to Moral theories in Bioethics II
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics I
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics II
Michel Foucault, analyst of the norm
Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development
A Brief Introduction to and Overview of Classical Religious Hinduism
There are many different spiritual pathways that were born in the Indian sub-continent: Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, for example, and others that came to India such as Christian and Muslim. Hindu spirituality which represents the spiritual quest of the vast majority of the people of India is rooted in the relentless and uninterrupted search of the seers from the Indian sub-continent.
Philosophy of Language
David Hume: The Great Empiricist
This is a comprehensive and systematic course on the philosophy of David Hume – a prominent Scottish Enlightenment philosopher widely known for his influential system of philosophical empiricism, naturalism and scepticism. Based on his influential and extreme Empiricist ideas, Hume can be rightly considered as one of the most important philosophers of all time.
Introduction to philosophy of law
Important issues in legal philosophy range from abstract conceptual questions about the nature of law and legal systems, to normative questions about the relationship between law and morality, politics and other norms as well as the justification of various legal institutions. Although this course will deal with conceptual themes of philosophy of law especially in the first section, the course generally focusses on the practical and readily applicable aspects of the field.