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Methods of Intercultural Philosophical Scholarship


Admission requirements

Admission to one of the following programmes is required:

  • MA Philosophy 60 EC: specialisation Global and Comparative Philosophy

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC: specialisation Philosophy in World Traditions


This core seminar in the 1-year Global and Comparative Philosophy MA degree and 2-year Philoosophy in World Traditions MA degree will introduce the student to different modern approaches to doing scholarship in intercultural philosophy. Modern commentarial works will be studied that feature textual, hermeneutic and comparative methods for elucidating philosophical ideas across cultural boundaries. The course will focus specifically on the interpretation and evaluation of classical South and East Asian traditions of thought in contemporary scholarship, with a view to equipping the student with methodological alternatives in approaching their own eventual thesis projects on the MA level.

Course objectives

This course aims to familiarize MA students with different approaches to conducting intercultural philosophical scholarship and assist them in reflecting on their own preferred scholarly approaches.

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:

  • the interpretive stenghts and shortcomings of different methodologies of intercultural philosophical scholarship;

  • the philosophical commitments which underlie different approaches to intercultural scholarship.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • evaluate different pieces of intercultural scholarship with reference to their methodological principles and tools;

  • develop their own philosophical commitments and methodological preferences for carrying out intercultural philosophical work.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method


  • Final research essay

  • Two book reviews

  • Two in-class paired presentations

  • Weekly questions submitted by email before class


The final mark will be determined by a weighted average for all the course assigments:

  • Final research essay: 50%

  • Two in-class paired presentations: 25%

  • Two book reviews: 15%

  • Weekly questions submitted by email before class: 10%


The resit covers the following exam components: final essay and, if needed, 2 book reviews
The grades for other exam components (presentations and weekly questions) remain in place.
Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Required reading materials will be made available through Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number, which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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