Philosophy has traditionally been regarded as an essential component of a liberal arts education. Philosophy deals with fundamental questions about the ultimate nature of reality, our place in the world, and our relations with one another.
By reading and analyzing philosophical texts, students of the Philosophy program of Bowdoin College also sharpen their critical facilities. Each course taught in the Department of Philosophy, no matter how advanced, is designed to train the mind, awakening students to the demands and satisfactions of clear reasoning, cogent argument, and accurate explanation.
The Department of Philosophy seeks to promote the following among its students:
- The ability to articulate arguments: to say what an argument’s premises are, to justify those premises, and to explain why the conclusion follows from those premises. This requires both clear thinking and clear self-expression, particularly in writing.
- The ability to analyze what arguments others are using to support their own conclusions.
- The ability and willingness to engage in open-minded criticism of their own arguments and the arguments of others.
- Familiarity with the central figures in the history of western philosophy, including their views, the arguments for their views, and notable objections to their views. Historical figures have provided a framework for philosophical discussion that is still used today, and engaging them not only teaches about the history of ideas but enhances our understanding of current philosophical debates.
- Familiarity with contemporary philosophical debates.
- The habits of intellectual discipline and creativity that allow independent research.
- The habits of intellectual rigor and integrity needed for fruitful thought in all fields.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Utopias and Dystopias
- Personal Identity
- Philosophy and Tragedy
- Latin American Philosophy
- Ancient Philosophy
- Political Philosophy
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesPhilosophy & Ethics View 885 other Masters in Philosophy & Ethics in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Application and personal essay, application fee (nonrefundable) or fee waiver.
- Bowdoin Supplement
- Counselor Recommendation - Advisor's estimate of candidate's character and accomplishments
- Secondary School Report - Information concerning candidate's school offerings and environment
- Secondary School Record - Transcript
- Mid-Year Report OR official school transcript at Mid-Year - Report of mid-year grades and performance
- Teacher Evaluation - An evaluation completed by a teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic core subject
- Students whose first language is not English must submit official results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), from Duolingo English Test (DET) or from Cambridge English Assessment (CEA)
- Bowdoin accepts independent interviews from vendors, such as Initialview or Vericant, from our international applicants
International55822 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 55822 USD per year during 48 months.
National55822 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 55822 USD per year during 48 months.
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