The Official Master’s Degree in Philosophy: Human Condition and Transcendence proposes a radical form of human thought, with all its strengths and weaknesses, in an attempt to critically analyse what might be the responses to the different crises of meaning we witness. With this objective, it explores the great contributions of philosophical anthropology, ethics, phenomenology of religion, the philosophy of science and language and metaphysics to develop renewed and in-depth understanding of the human condition and possibilities of its opening up to transcendence.
The Master's in Philosophy is aimed at those interested in the search for a Primary Philosophy that is of the level required in these times. There is a central focus on the practical dimension of philosophical reflection. It aims to enable students to engage in original investigation committed to reality with a new interdisciplinary focus that is sensitive to social context and which can be developed and applied to situations that pose new problems.
In the complex world in which we live, more diverse and sometimes directly oppose responses are increasingly emerging to the question of meaning. There are those whose insist upon the absence of meaning and those that impose a unique form of understanding and treating the human condition. Without falling into relativism, Philosophy has the task of opening up paths to dialogue and critical reflection on the multiplicity of perspectives that exist. We consider that in order to do so, there is an urgent need to analyse the truth of that in which people believe and explore the fundamentals of human dignity.
This Master’s Degree is aimed at students who are interested in the search for studies in Philosophy that are on the cutting edge of our day and times. First, graduates or undergraduate Bachelor´s Degree holders in Philosophy are eligible for access to this degree, those who wish to continue broadening their education and training in Philosophy, especially in the thematic areas in which the present Master's Degree is orientated: the analysis of the human condition in various fields and dimensions (cultural, scientific, anthropological, ethical, political, aesthetic), and in its opening to and problem-solving nature of transcendence.
Graduates in the branch of Humanities and Social Sciences will also be admitted, in related areas such as Anthropology, Philology, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, History of Art, Educational Sciences ... The possibility of admitting students coming from scientific-technical branches will be considered, provided that they show interest in and mastery of philosophical thinking. In this latter case, they will take a level test consisting of reading and commenting on a philosophical text, with a rubric evaluation, which will be an essential requirement for admission.
This Master´s Degree will train students interested in the field to develop an academic-research career in future Doctoral Studies. This Master’s Degree is also orientated, therefore, to students who are enrolling with a view to pursuing postgraduate training in Philosophy, and who come from other Spanish and foreign universities.
In compliance with the corresponding internal academic regulations of the University (adapted to RD 1393/2007 of October 29, modified by Royal Decree 861/2010), those who fulfill the following requirements will be eligible for admission to the degree:
With regard to admission to this Master’s Degree, the process that will be followed is outlined below:
Admission criteria for all applicants:
If the student interested in admission to the degree has some type of physical disability, he / she can receive information and obtain personalized support by enquiring at the Social Work Service. This University service will develop, among other initiatives, a Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities, and a social worker will be assigned to each case.
Ordinary students may take the master either full-time or part-time. It is also possible to enrol as an extraordinary student.
The maximum term allowed for students to complete this Master's Degree is four consecutive years. Attending in-person lessons is compulsory for all students, and teachers shall be responsible for verifying such attendance.
From 8 January to 13 September 2018
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The fees for academic year 2018-2019 shall be:
Mondays to Thursdays from 6 pm to 9.15 pm
September 2018 (first semester)
January 2019 (second semester)
Interviews are conducted from the opening of the enrollment period until the week before the start of classes. Exams for admission to the degree for those who come from degrees not related to Philosophy, will be carried out during the admission process, on a date or dates designated by the Director of the Master’s Degree.
Secretary of the Dean Office of the School of Human and Social Sciences
Ana Fernández Catalina
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3
Tel. 91 734 3950, ext. 2620
The objective of this Master's Degree is to educate students in the fundamental pillars of philosophical thinking regarding human condition, transcendence and the search for a meaning (a meaning to our own existence, to society, to nature and to history) though critical analysis of the most significant concepts offered by philosophy regarding these issues, and which have been reflected not only in philosophical traditions, but also on religious beliefs and by all arts. In this sense, our students shall acquire the capacity to offer original and applied developments to new interdisciplinary approaches in a consistent and integral manner.
Seminaries and personalised tutorials.
This Master's Programme is structured in 6 knowledge areas, with a total number of 17 subjects, all of them worth 3 ECTS credits except for:
This Master's Degree structure of Knowledge Areas and Subjects, as well as its ECTS credits and their type, is described in the following table:
|Understanding the human representation along the history of philosophical thinking||The questions of human condition and transcendence in Ancient Philosophy||3||CO|
|The questions of human condition and transcendence in Ancient Philosophy||3||CO|
|The human condition and the search for a meaning in Modern Philosophy||3||CO|
|The human condition and the search for a meaning in Contemporary Philosophy||3||CO|
|God, Man and World in metaphysical discourse||3||CO|
|The role of divinity in human culture||Religious experience and the meaning of life||3||CO|
|Science and religion||3||CO|
|Anthropology and phenomenology of religions||3||CO|
|Ethics and religion||Theism and moral philosophy||3||CO|
|Philosophical mediation in intercultural and interfaith dialogue||3||OP|
|The questions of human condition and transcendence in political thinking||3||OP|
|Aesthetic experience and the search for meaning||Aesthetic experience and aperture to transcendence||3||CO|
|Search of meaning in literature and cinema||3||OP|
|Search for meaning in plastic arts and music||3||OP|
|Methodology of philosophical research||Seminar on Methodology||6||CO|
|Critical reading and analysis of specialised texts||9||CO|
|End of Master Project||End of Master Project||9||CO|
Students that take this Masters's Degree acquire the necessary competences so that, from different professional outlooks (teaching, editorial, cultural management, journalism, intercultural dialogue, etc.) may address the question of radical rethinking the question of human condition, with its light and shadow, in order to be able to critically analyse which are the responses that may be offered to the several meaning crisis what we are undergoing in these days.
Currently, in Spain, no other Master's Degree addresses the same contents as this one. The profile of other post-graduate programmes is either more practice-oriented (focusing on the fields of Ethics and Politics) or theoretical, focusing in Theory of Knowledge (analytic philosophy, logic, theory of argumentation) or historical (History of Philosophy, History of Spanish thinking). The intention of this Master's Degree is to reconcile these approaches and to enable students to carry out original and responsible research projects in this sense, with new, interdisciplinary approaches, committed with their labour and social environment and which may be developed and applied in situations which pose new challenges.
Comillas Pontifical University has a long experience in teaching in knowledge field that lead to obtaining a degree in Philosophy. The Philosophy studies offered are characterised by their plurality and openness to human experience in all its representations. In this Master's Degree, the approach of philosophy is based in anthropological interests, the question of searching for meaning and aperture to transcendence, providing advanced knowledge, open to critical research and rethinking. All this is addressed from an interdisciplinary approach and a systematic and historical analysis of all relevant issues. Our University boasts the best scientific conditions to make your first steps in philosophical research, not only due to the prestige enjoyed by their teachers and lecturers who are regularly invited to some sessions, but also due to the clearly international character of its students. Besides, it houses an excellent library and its own philosophy research and documentation magazine.
Official Master's Degree in Philosophy: The main objective of Human Condition and the Transcendent is to offer students a sound base on the fundamental themes of philosophical thinking regarding the human condition, transcendence, and the search for a meaning.
Besides Official Master's Degree in Philosophy on Human Condition and the Transcendent, you may also be interested in the Official Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching.