Western University offers a five-term (21-month) Masters program in Ancient Philosophy, run jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Classical Studies. Western has a very large complement of faculty members working in and around the area, including seven specialists in ancient philosophy and intellectual history; a further eight colleagues are supporting faculty. The MA program is designed for students who, having finished their undergraduate studies, want to equip themselves to pursue ancient philosophy at the doctoral level – by enriching both their grasp of philosophy and intellectual history, and their proficiency in the ancient languages of Greek and Latin. This interdisciplinary program is the only MA program of its kind in North America and only one of a handful of similar programs in the world. Students enrolled in Western’s MA receive a guaranteed funding package.
Overview of the Program
The program is designed to provide students 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. Students will attend graduate seminars in the two departments, where they will acquire a level of understanding necessary for pursuing a PhD dissertation in at least one of the major ancient philosophical traditions as well as an understanding of the main questions that shape the broader discipline (e.g. essentialism, problem of universals, virtue ethics, etc.). In addition students will take language courses in Greek and Latin in the Classics Department. Students who graduate from the program can expect to have a mastery 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. (In cases where a student enters the program with less than introductory Greek or Latin, that student can expect to attain no less than an intermediate level of proficiency in one or both languages that includes the ability to read a continuous text with substantial consolidation of grammar and syntax skills.)
Application Deadline: January 7, 2017