MRes Philosophy at Nijmegen

Course structure

First year (60 EC)

  • A two-semester seminar on research methodologies (24 EC)
  • Two Research Master seminars in your area of specialization (18 EC)
  • A regular Master seminar of your own choice (9 EC)
  • A Research Master seminar of your own choice (9 EC)

Second Year (60 EC)

  • A Research Master seminar in your area of specialization (9 EC)
  • A regular Master seminar of your own choice (9 EC)
  • A Research Essay (9 EC)
  • Training in academic skills (3 EC)
  • A Research Master thesis (30 EC)

Regular Master Seminar Modules (2×9)

These ones catch my eye. I suppose I’m free to take them in Dutch too, given that in 5+ years time I’m up to speed.

  • Philosophy of Religion (5) – Ben Vedder, Heidegger’s Philosophy of Religion, From God to the Gods, Duquesne University Press, 2007. (The balance to 9 is made up in various ways, according to faculty request.)
  • Metafysica(9) –
    • Wilhelm Dilthey, De onmogelijkheid van de metafysica, vertaling en annotatie Gerrit Steunebrink en Koenraad Verrycken, Damon, Budel 2010. Daarnaast zullen we andere teksten van Dilthey,  en relevante teksten van Heidegger, eventueel Max Scheler en Gadamer bespreken. Die teksten zullen aan het begin van het college bekend gemaakt worden.
    • M. Heidegger, Sein und Zeit.
    • J. Derrida, Apories.
    • J. Derrida, Donner la mort.
    • J. Derrida, Béliers.
    • E. Levinas, Dieu, la mort et le temps.
    • E. Levinas, Humanisme de l’autre homme.
    • G. Agamben, Language and Death.
    • G. Agamben, Remnants of Auschwitz.

Over at Tilburg University

Research Master Seminar Modules (4×9)

  • Metaphysics (Research Seminar) 1
    • M. Heidegger, Early Greek Thinking, English translation by David Farrell Krell and Frank A. Capuzzi, Harper & Row Publishers, 1984;
    • M. HM. Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning), English Translation by Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 1999.

    Recommended secondary literature

    • Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, Wege ins Ereignis, Zu Heideggers “Beiträgen zur Philosophie”, Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 1994;
    • Richard Polt, The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy,” Ithaca, NY:  Cornell University Press, 2006;
    • Ch.Scott, S. M. Schoenbohm, D. Vallega-Neu, and A. Vallega, Companion to Heidegger’s “Contribution to Philosophy,” Indiana University Press, 2001;
    • Daniela Vallega-Neu, Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy.” An Introduction, Indiana University Press, 2003.
  • Metaphysics (Research Seminar) 2
    • Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, English translation by John Macquarrie & Edward Robinson, Harper & Row Publishers, 2008;
    • Martin Heidegger, On The Way to Language, English translation by Peter D. Hertz, Harper & Row Publishers, 1971;
    • Martin Heidegger, What is Called Thinking?, English translation by J. Glenn Gray, Harper & Row Publishers, 2004;
    • Martin Heidegger, Identity and Difference, English translation by Joan Stambaugh, U;nversity of Chicago Press, 2002.

    Recommended secondary literature:

    • Robert Bernasconi, The question of language in Heidegger’s History of being, Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1985;
    • Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, Weg und Methode, Zur hermeneutischen Phänomenologie des seinsgeschichtlichen Denkens, Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 1990;
    • Dietmar Koch, Zur Hermeneutischen Phänomenologie. Ein Aufriß, Tübingen: Attempo Verlag, 1992;
    • Hans Ruin, Enigmatic Origins. Tracing the Theme of Historicity through Heidegger’s Works, Stockholm Studies in Philosophy 15, 1994;
    • Susanne Ziegler, Zum Verhältnis von Dichten und Denken bei Martin Heidegger, Tübingen: Attempo Verlag, 1998.
  • Social and Politcal Philosophy 1
    • E. Mendieta & J. Vanantwerpen (eds.), The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (Columbia UP, 2011);
    • J. Habermas, “Glauben und Wissen [Faith and Knowledge]” (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2001) (there exists an English translation of this text);
    • J. Rawls, “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited”, included in the later editions of Political Liberalism + Habermas’ comment on Rawls;
    • J. Derrida, Foi et Savoir (Paris: Seuil, 2001), and also his exchange with Habermas (there is an English translation of this text).
  • Social and Political Philosophy 2
    • Patrick Neal, Political Philosophy and Religion (Routledge 2011);
    • Ronald Beiner, Civil Religion. A Dialogue in the History of Political Philosophy (Cambridge University Press 2011).

    Background literature:

    • Michael Hoelzl, Grahame Ward, Religion and Political Thought (Continuum 2006);
    • Michael Walzer, ‘Drawing the Line: Religion and Politics’, in Soziale Welt, 49(1998), pp. 295-308.

Research Programme

The project of a hermeneutic philosophy



About Christopher J
I teach English, make digital images, write and encourage others. I believe.

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