New M.A. in Ancient Philosophy

The Departments of Classical Studies and Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, are pleased to announce a new two-year M.A. in Ancient Philosophy, now accepting applications for September 2013. This program is aimed primarily at undergraduate students interested in pursuing ancient philosophy at the doctoral level. Western has one of the largest concentrations of faculty in the field, including five specialists in ancient philosophy and an additional four core members with areas of research related to Greek and Roman language and history. This interdisciplinary program is the only M.A. program of its kind in North America and only one of a handful of similar programs in the world.

Students in the program will be provided with the philosophical and philological skills necessary for work at the doctoral level, which requires assessing philosophical arguments on the basis of a careful study of the text in the original language. To that end, students in the program will enroll in graduate seminars in the Philosophy Department, where they will acquire a level of understanding necessary for pursuing a Ph.D. dissertation in at least one of the major ancient philosophical traditions, as well as a critical awareness of the main philosophical problems that shape the broader discipline (e.g. essentialism, problem of universals, virtue ethics, etc.). Students will also have the option of taking seminars in other areas of philosophy in order to broaden their philosophical training. On the language side, students will take courses in Greek and Latin through the Classics Department. Students who graduate from the program can expect to have a command of at least one of the two languages (Greek or Latin), which will allow them to read texts in the original language for the purpose of conducting doctoral research, and a complete introduction to grammar and syntax in the other language.

All qualified students (both Canadian and international students) admitted to degree programs at Western are guaranteed funding for the duration of their program (five terms for M.A. degrees), assuming that they maintain good academic standing. Students benefit from access to the outstanding research resources available in our libraries and archives, as well as from the close proximity to other centers of research excellence in neighboring cities and universities. The application deadline is January 7, 2013.

Application information, admission requirements and a list of participating faculty can be found on the program’s website: http://uwo.ca/philosophy/graduate/1-degrees_offered/MA_AncPhil.html. For any additional information, please contact the Program Administrator, Susan Bock (sbock@uwo.ca), or by writing to me directly (dnousek@uwo.ca).

Debra L. Nousek
Program Director, MA in Ancient Philosophy
The University of Western Ontario

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