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Study philosophy at the KU

Philosophy deals with fundamental ways of thinking in our culture and among the whole human race. It deals with the foundations of all other academic disciplines, with the questions of the meaning of life and human activity, and with the requirements and conditions of belief systems that are passed on through culture.

In the first two semesters of the KU’s Bachelor’s degree program in Philosophy students are given a systematic introduction to fundamental areas of philosophy such as ethics, theoretical philosophy, anthropology, and the philosophy of culture.

In the subsequent semesters they develop their knowledge of theoretical and practical philosophy and learn important approaches and methods. Courses are offered in areas such as general ethics/action theory, applied practical philosophy, and transcendental philosophy and phenomenology. In addition, the KU is one of the only universities in Germany with a professor of bioethics. Lectures on the main periods in the history of philosophy are also offered.

The KU places great importance on interdisciplinary dialogue, intercultural exchange, and ethical and anthropological considerations. Against this background, students of philosophy consider fundamental principles and boundaries of the discipline that are often neglected nowadays as topics are frequently limited to only those with direct applications. The KU is committed to providing its students with both an academic education and opportunities for personal development.

Philosophy students benefit from the unique study conditions offered by the University – a compact campus; intensive support from professors, lecturers, and fellow students; an excellent library with plenty of reference material and a fast ordering service; expert advice on academic matters and career opportunities (including advice on the option of spending a semester abroad as part of the program or completing an internship); an outstanding international network (including the Institut Catholique de Paris, the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and many other renowned institutions in various countries, also in Southern and Southeastern Europe); and interdisciplinary connections with other subjects at the KU such as politics, business, and economics.

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