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“The Philosophy Master of Arts program at Brock University is truly distinctive: it is the only program in Canada that affords students the unique opportunity to study Eastern philosophy and Contemporary Continental thought.” – Brian Lightbody , Graduate Program Director, Department of Philosophy.
The Master's program focuses on three areas: recent and contemporary Continental and Asian thought, as well as Comparative philosophy. The program also accommodates the rise in importance of post-structuralist continental thinkers. Such inclusions indicate the type of dynamic rapport the Department wishes to keep with the wider philosophical community. Consequently, the majority of courses offered in any one year will be selected from the following specializations:
Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Post-Structuralism): Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Gadamer, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Kristeva, Irigaray, Habermas or some contemporary European movement, such as Structuralism, the Frankfurt School, etc.
Eastern Philosophy: Indian and Upanishadic Philosophy: texts from the six orthodox schools of Indian philosophy, especially Vedanta, Early Indian Buddhist traditions, especially Madhyamika schools and Yogacara Buddhism; Bhakti traditions, Gandhi; Chinese Philosophy, especially Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism.
Comparative Philosophy: Comparison of Eastern and Western traditions with respect to problems of being, knowledge, person, values, and philosophical method.
The Brock Philosophy Master of Arts program is the only program in Canada where students may study Eastern philosophy and Contemporary Continental thought.
We offer a full range of courses in the Continental tradition. Some universities that specialize in Continental Philosophy do not offer the same breadth of courses that we do.
Faculty members  are devoted mentors. We provide a nurturing and caring environment for graduate students.