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Admission requirements

BA in Philosophy.


Pragmatists like Charles Peirce and William James present ideas that have been part of the western tradition at least since Aristotle. Notions like belief and knowledge, which are generally conceived as dispositional states, are to be explained in terms of acts of assertion and acts of knowing in this tradition. Modern philosophy can profit from studying the pragmatist tradition in its conception of truth, knowledge, belief and thought.
During the course we will read texts from, for example, Aristotle, Peirce, Wittgenstein, John Searle, Robert Brandom, and Per Martin-Löf.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2013-2014 , MA Philosophy 60 EC en 120 EC.
See Timetables Philosophy 2013-2014 , Timetables MA Philosophy 60 EC/120 EC.

Mode of instruction


Course load

Attending seminars: 40 hours
Preparation seminars: 120 hours
Writing paper: 120 hours
Total course load: 280 hours

Assessment method

  • Paper


Blackboard will be used for posting of instructions, texts and information.

Reading list

The reading list will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.


Please register for this course on uSis.
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Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
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Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact information

Dr. M.S. van der Schaar