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Comparative Philosophy II: Methodology


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to BA students in Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives.


This course provides an introduction to working with philosophical texts comparatively, that is doing philosophy in a way that draws upon more than one cultural tradition. Issues discussed may include the question of what a philosophical tradition is, whether all philosophy is (in some sense) comparative and the possibility of incommensurability between cultures and traditions. We will also look at a number of examples of comparative philosophy written by contemporary academics.

Course objectives

This course aims to:

  • introduce students to the practice of working with philosophical ideas and texts comparatively.

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

  • the major advantages and challenges of working with different philosophical traditions comparatively;

  • an introductory understanding of the kinds of work done by contemporary comparative philosophers.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • work with texts comparatively at a beginning to intermediate level;

  • identify particular strategies used by contemporary authors doing comparative work; be able to articulate advantages and drawbacks of each approach.


See: BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

  • Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives - BA1

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Class attendance is required.

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Attending lectures (14 weeks x 3 hrs): 42 hours

  • Preparation of classes and study of the compulsory literature: 78 hours

  • Completing take home exams: 20 hours

Assessment method

  • Take home mid-term exam with one or more essay questions (50%)

  • Take home final exam with one or more essay questions (50%)


The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average of the two subtests.


The resit consists of one examination for all parts at once, covering the entire course content, and consisting of a take home exam with one or more essay questions. The mark for the resit will replace all previously earned marks for the subtests. No separate resits will be offered for mid-term tests.

Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination(s) cannot take the resit.

Exam review

Exam review upon request of the student organized within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • posting of class materials, such as syllabus, study sheets etc.

Reading list

  • Connolly, Tim. 2015. Doing Philosophy Comparatively. Bloomsbury Press.


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.

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