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Research Seminar


Admission requirements

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


Philosophy is not a stock of wisdom, but an ongoing practice of asking questions. Which are the right questions to ask? How are they interconnected? Can we hope to answer them, and if so, how? In this series of biweekly lectures Leiden philosophers present samples of their ongoing research. The lecture series aims to give first-year students an idea of the handwork of philosophy.

Course objectives

This course aims to acquaint students with ongoing philosophical research at the Leiden Institute for Philosophy.

Students who successfully complete the course

  • will have a good understanding of examples of ongoing philosophical research projects at Leiden University;

  • will be able to describe in their own words examples of ongoing philosophical research.


See: BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Philosophy

Mode of instruction

  • Series of short lectures

Course Load

Total course load 0 EC = 9 hours

  • Attending lectures: 6 x 1 = 6 hours

  • Written report: 3 hours

Assessment method

  • Written report of one of the seminar meetings.


  • Written report of one of the seminar meetings.

Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • posting of readings

  • posting of assignments

Reading list

Readings will be made available on Blackboard.


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

Not applicable.


Dr. B.J.E. Verbeek


Not applicable.