You gain a systematic historical and cross-cultural understanding of a wide-range of philosophical traditions as well as modules exploring how various philosophies, ideas and forms of life have 'gone global,' both historically (through processes like empire, migration and cultural exchange) and in the contemporary era through the impact of mass media and globalisation.
Global Philosophies is offered by the Department of Religious Studies, within Kent's School of European Culture and Languages. Staff in the department have a range of interests in the field, including expertise in various world religions, the history of ideas, Asian studies and different traditions of philosophical thought, providing research-informed teaching on the various strands of world intellectual thought.
The programme is taught at our Canterbury campus, with strong transport links to mainland Europe.
Our degree programme
Global Philosophies at Kent is a varied programme covering world philosophical traditions, encouraging cultural and historical understanding and awareness of ancient and contemporary phases of globalisation.
In your first year, you take two core modules, The Global Search for Meaning and Ethics, Society and the Good Life. You also take introductory modules in either South Asian (Hindu and Buddhist) or East Asian (Confucian, Daoist, Shinto) traditions. In your second year, you take a further compulsory module, Understanding Global Philosophies, exploring methodological issues in cross-cultural study.
You also have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules offered within the School of European Cultures and Languages and the Faculty of Humanities in areas related to philosophy, classics and history. You will be introduced to a wide range of authors, literary texts and philosophical traditions from different time periods and cultural contexts.
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