BSc minor Philosophy

In this minor Philosophy, we practice specific ways of reasoning, study and discuss ethical and philosophical themes to strengthen our skills in critical thinking. This practice includes argumentation analysis and thought experiments, as well as specific forms of deliberation, such as Socratic dialogue.

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Students interested in philosophy or applied ethics can here 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 and goes beyond the specific domain of their own study program.

The minor combines theoretical reflection with practical discussions and debate, giving 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 or 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 for all students, especially for those with an interest in Philosophy

Assumed knowledge

An interest in Philosophy




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Apart from this minor, more interesting Philosophy courses can be followed at WUR. These courses are:

  • African Philosophy (CPT39806, period 2MO)
  • Environmental Philosophy and Ecological Restoration (CPT50306, period 2AF)
  • Intercultural perspectives: moral status of animals and humans (CPT55403, period 3&4AF)
  • Introduction in Philosophy (CPT55806, period 5AF)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor