'Studying Philosophy is a daunting task. You do not know what you might end up with. You may discover that the problem is not the real problem, that trying to answer your question leads to a myriad of other questions spreading out like an oil stain, that you probably understand only a tiny fraction of the matter, that your perception is rigged, biased and muddled. And these are just a few of the incredibly valuable insights I obtained from the research master in Philosophy. Fortunately, the master also handed me the necessary philosophical tools. It taught me how to excavate the roots of an issue, how to distinguish between questions, how to tackle a difficult text and how to critically assess my personal values and convictions. This has enabled me to learn how to conduct independent research, to formulate a coherent line of argumentation and to take my first steps into becoming a critical academic.
Studying Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam is intellectually challenging and inspiring. You will find yourself in a buzzing environment full of interesting lectures, workshops with renowned philosophers, enthusiastic, supportive, committed and approachable teachers and researchers as well as open-minded and critical fellow students. In my experience, a research master degree in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam opens doors to a wide variety of fields, because of the analytical, argumentative and critical skills that it represents. Completing the RMA in Philosophy has enabled me to start a PhD for which I need these skills every day – and for which I am very grateful since they allow me to continue working on some of the questions that have haunted me since the RMA.'
Marjolein Lanzing is currently PhD candidate at the department of Philosophy and Ethics, Eindhoven University of Technology
'What is unique about the research master philosophy is that it combines an emphasis on the canon of classical texts with free-form tutorials about themes proposed by students in close collaboration with teachers. By doing so it allows for specialization without losing sight of other philosophical discourses.'
Daniel is currently PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam