The concentration in Continental Philosophy explores this broad field of inquiry in relation to the historical roots it shares with Analytic Philosophy.

Our concentration situates Continental Philosophy in relation to the historical roots that it shares with Analytic Philosophy, specifically the work of Descartes, Kant, and Plato. Students explore the works of Hegel, Husserl, Levinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein as well as such contemporary philosophers as Badiou, Habermas, Nancy, Marion, Rancière, Butler, and Žižek. Students in the Applied Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, Philosophy, and Religion programs may elect to add a concentration in Continental Philosophy, which is awarded in conjunction with the degree and is noted on the transcript as an additional area of qualification.

Concentration Highlights

Our two-year curriculum cycle builds on the history and problems of the continental tradition, covering the following eras:

    • Ancient: Socrates and the Socratic method; Plato and the Republic
    • Early Modern: Descartes, Spinoza, Malebranch, Leibniz
    • Modern: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger
    • Contemporary: Foucault, Badiou, Lacan, Žižek
    • Systematic traditions/themes: German Idealism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, post-structuralism, subjectivity, historicism, etc.

The School of Arts & Humanities lets you tailor your program to target your specific interests. You’ll conduct research across disciplines to approach problems in new ways in an intimate, collegial learning environment where faculty-mentors offer you personal attention, and opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship abound.

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

This interdisciplinary concentration is available for students pursuing the following degree programs:

Featured Courses

REL 475
Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Examines the textual study of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, with special attention to the application of the dialectical method to the critique of domination, Stoicism, and more.

PHIL 435
German Idealism

Explores development of German Idealism in the 1790s and early 1800s, focusing on the best-known idealists as well as on post-Kantian skeptics and early German Romanticism

PHIL 310

Introduces the serious reading of Kant for first-time students. Examines the main argument of his Critique of Pure Reason.

REL 487
Tillich’s Philosophy of Religion

Examines Paul Tillich’s philosophical theology and philosophy of religion as it was developed in the 1920s in Germany and reshaped in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s.

REL 415
Karl Marx: History, Economics, Politics

Examines the dialectical thinking of Karl Marx on the nature of philosophy, history, economics, and politics.

REL 414
Phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger, Marion

Studies Phenomenology as a philosophical method, both in its central ideas and in its development, from Husserl’s transcendental reduction through Heidegger’s existential reduction to Jean-Luc Marion’s pure givenness.

Program Requirements

To complete a concentration, students must satisfy all the requirements for their degree program with the following additional requirements.

Note: In some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

Faculty & Research

  • Masahiro Yamada profile image

    Masahiro Yamada

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Chair, Philosophy Department

    Research Interests

    Epistemology, Action Theory, Philosophy of Mind

  • Patricia Easton profile image

    Patricia Easton

    Executive Vice President and Provost
    Professor of Philosophy

    Research Interests

    Philosophy, History of modern philosophy, Philosophy of mind, History of science

  • Charles Young profile image

    Charles Young

    Professor of Philosophy

    Research Interests

    Ancient philosophy, Aristotle, Plato

  • Ingolf Dalferth profile image

    Ingolf Dalferth

    Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion

    Research Interests

    Philosophical and theological hermeneutics, Ecumenical theology, Subjectivity theory, Religion and emotion

  • Anselm Min profile image

    Anselm Min

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Theology of globalization, Liberation theology, Religious pluralism, Comparative theology, Contemporary systematic theology, Postmodern philosophy and theology

  • Henry Krips profile image

    Henry Krips

    Professor of Cultural Studies
    Andrew E. Mellon All Claremont Chair of Humanities

    Research Interests

    Cultural studies; Contemporary European philosophy; Foundations of quantum mechanics; Foucault, Freud, and Lacan; Philosophy of science;
    Social theory; Science studies

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