BSc minor Philosophy

In the minor Philosophy we do not only study and discuss ethical and philosophical themes. We also practice specific ways of reasoning, with the aim to develop skills in critical thinking. This includes, for example, argumentation analysis and thought experiments, but also specific forms of deliberation, such as Socratic dialogue.

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Students interested in philosophy or applied ethics can deepen their skills in critical reflection, acquire a broader understanding of philosophical traditions, and engage in ethical analysis of societal problems in the Wageningen domain that (includes but also) goes beyond the specific domain of their own study program.

The minor combines theoretical reflection with practical discussions and debate, and thus gives much more depth to ethical discussions relevant to the Wageningen domains.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • ask and discuss philosophical questions about the nature of things, about what we can and can’t know, and about how humans should relate to one another and to the natural world;
  • understand and explain some of the major philosophical traditions and theories in epistemology, ontology and ethics/political philosophy;
  • acquire skills in critical reflection, including conceptual analysis, thought experiments, argumentation and argumentation analysis, articulation of presuppositions, and respectful deliberation with others;
  • critically assess normative and empirical arguments in ethical debates;
  • appreciate uncertainties in (scientific, personal and social) life;
  • write an essay on a philosophical problem.

Target groups

This minor is interesting for:

  • All students with an interest in philosophy

Assumed knowledge

For all BSc programmes.




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor