Munich School of Philosophy - Profile

 

Why study philosophy?

You can study philosophy to learn to think. This is not to say that you will learn to think “the right way” in your philosophy course. Rather, it refers to the challenge of getting to grips with your own understanding of the world and values, comparing it with others, and finally being able to articulate and discuss it.

Philosophy attempts to find answers to questions that are hundreds of years old but yet still just as relevant today. One of the reasons for this is that such questions relate to the fundamentals of human existence and thinking. Each branch of philosophy examines a different facet.

Why study in Munich?

Munich is known as a center of education and research in Germany. Moreover, Munich stands out due to its extensive selection of museums and cultural institutions. The Bavarian Alps can be reached easily from Munich and provide a wonderful selection of recreational opportunities.

Why study at the Munich School of Philosophy?

Different philosophical movements, perspectives and methodological approaches have always been represented at the Munich School of Philosophy. This diversity is “state of the art” in philosophy and enables topical exchange between the different disciplines.

This is precisely why we place a high value on a broad basic education, which – unlike at other universities – first aims to cover the entire spectrum of philosophy. Whether studying for their Bachelor degree or their PhD, students generally need to have examined the following subjects:

  • Epistemology, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophical theology and philosophy of religion
  • General ethical, social and legal philosophy
  • Philosophical history of times past
  • … Middle ages
  • … Early modern times
  • … Late modern times

Which focus areas characterize the Munich School of Philosophy?

A special characteristic of the Munich School of Philosophy is that research and teaching is based on a shared conviction: We advocate human freedom and dignity with good (rational) reasons and thereby stand against all forms of determinism, materialism and reductionism.

Dialog with other scientific disciplines and cultures is another key feature of the institution. Philosophy is a universal dialog partner, because philosophy incorporates the results of the different scientific disciplines in its considerations, but examines their methodology, perspectives, cultural roots and relationships to one another and to reality as a whole. This is guaranteed by the fact that most professors have a degree not only in philosophy, but also in at least one another scientific discipline, in addition to experience abroad.

Graduates of the Munich School of Philosophy gain important insights into a broad theoretical and practical spectrum of knowledge, not least thanks to the intensive culture of discussion maintained during study within and outside of classes and the frequent communication with different, non-philosophical fields due to the high number of students obtaining dual degrees. In this way, students learn how to independently deal with complex matters in a structured manner, regardless of the specific topics on which they focus in their studies. At the same time, they gain intercultural knowledge that facilitates dialog with other value systems.