The Leiden Philosophy programme offers you perspectives from around the globe. Traveling through space and time, from Europe, to Iran, to China, and from Antiquity to the present day, you will learn how to challenge unquestioned patterns of thought, and how to develop new perspectives on current issues.
Join the next generation of students to shape philosophy in the 21st century. Prepare yourself for academic or professional pursuits that benefit from critical thinking, analysis and argumentation.
The Big Questions
Philosophy is not afraid to raise Big Questions – What is justice? Do we have free will? What makes life worth living? – while seeking to improve our grasp of current problems in science and society:
- Should we try to constrain economic inequality?
- Can robots replace caretakers?
- How can we take advantage of cultural diversity?
- What is our duty towards animals?
Thoughts from around the world
The Leiden programme stands out by involving philosophical traditions from around the world, and focuses on enriching opportunities for comparison and interaction.
You will be able to apply yourself to studying:
- Continental European philosophy
- Analytical philosophy
- Arabic philosophy
- Indian philosophy
- East-Asian philosophy (China, Japan, Korea)
The programme combines a variety of methods for discussing complex issues, including historical reconstruction, cross-cultural comparison, conceptual analysis and interpretation theory. Read more about your first year.
Knowledge and competences
During your studies in Leiden you will not only expand your academic knowledge, but will also gain practical skills. These will be important assets for future employment.
You will learn to:
- critically analyse key texts and key arguments
- read carefully and challenge basic intuitions and assumptions
- think, write and express yourself clearly and creatively
- offer and accept constructive feedback and criticism
- raise your intercultural awareness
- compare the main theories from philosophical traditions from all over the world, focusing on opportunities for interaction and comparison
- grasp the historical and cultural context of classical and current philosophical discussions
Explore what the Bachelor’s programme in Philosophy has to offer you.
Excellent career opportunities
As a Philosophy graduate you will have developed strong academic competences, combined with resourcefulness and a broad outlook. Your hands-on experience with processing complex ideas will be a powerful tool for future employment. Your intercultural skills will be in high demand in a wide range of fields. Philosophy is an investment that can actually pay off!
Check out the professions our graduates typically enter into.