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Admission requirements

Admission to one of the following programmes is required:

  • MA Philosophy 60 EC: specialisation History and Philosophy of the Sciences

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC: specialisation Philosophy of Natural Sciences

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC: specialisation Philosophy of Psychology


This course aims to give the student a firm grounding regarding Analyticity and its role in epistemology, philosophy of language and metaphysics. Kant and Quine are familiar names to every student of philosophy, but the notion – though not the name - goes back all the way to Aristotle. Contribution of Thomas Aquinas, Locke, Leibniz, Bolzano Frege and Wittgenstein will also be considered.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will have knowledge of the main theories about analyticity and their role in various philosophical disciplines, as well as a grasp of the underlying historical development.


The timetable is available on the MA Philosophy 60 EC website and the MA Philosophy 120 EC website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours
Further calculation of the course load to be announced

Assessment method


  • Active participation in class with assigments and discussion;

  • Preparation of a mid-term presentation

  • End paper on a topic determined in consultation with the course teacher


The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average of several subtests. A subtest can be graded as unsatisfactory. Class preparation and attendance are required and are conditions for submission of the paper.


The resit will consists of one examination, a paper. Class preparation, attendance, and practical assignments (presentation) are required and are conditions for submission of the paper for the resit. Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination cannot take the resit.

Exam review

Discussion of the paper is by appointment after publication of the final grade.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • announcements

  • distribution of texts

  • distribution of reading assignments

Reading list

To be announced


Enrolment for courses and exams through uSis is mandatory.

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

Not applicable.


Prof dr. B.G. Sundholm