Master’s Degree (MA) in Ancient Philosophy

The programme gives students the opportunity to develop a high-level competency in the foundational questions in philosophy and the ancient approaches to answering them, and also provides training in close textual reading of ancient texts in the original language. We offer high-quality instruction and supervision in the main figures, topics and research methods in ancient philosophy from the beginning around 600 BC until early Byzantine times. The courses are offered mainly by the Philosophy section, in close collaboration with Classics and History of Ideas.

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 The language of instruction is English. There is no tuition charge, and we are able to offer a small stipend to some of our students in order to help cover living expenses.

The deadline for non-EU applications is December 1st.

The deadline for EU applications is March 1st.

The deadline for Nordic applications is April 15th.

The Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas at the University of Oslo has one of the greatest concentrations of expertise in ancient philosophy in the world. We have an internationally renowned group of researchers with expertise across an exceptionally broad range of specializations within Ancient Philosophy: we can boast of an active research program not only in the core figures from the earlier classical period, especially in virtue ethics, but also in late ancient philosophy, both pagan and Christian.

Core Members

Panos Dimas, Professor of Philosophy: Anaxagoras, Classical Atomism, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Ethics, Metaphysics, Physics.

Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, Professor of Philosophy: Plotinus, ancient Platonism(including Neoplatonism), Stoicism, ancient metaphysics and philosophy of mind, the good life.

Thomas Kjeller Johansen, Professor of Philosophy: The Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle,ancient philosophy of mind, epistemology and natural philosophy

Øyvind Rabbås, Professor of Philosophy: Socrates; Plato and Aristotle, especially ethics and moral psychology; happiness and the good life; justice and honour

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, Professor of Philosophy: Ancient, late antique and early Byzantine metaphysics, cosmology, spirituality and icon theology, the interaction between Platonic/Neoplatonic and early Byzantine Christian thought.

Franco V. Trivigno, Professor of Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, ancient virtue ethics and politics, esp. issues in moral education; moral psychology, esp. theories of the emotions;and aesthetics, esp. pertaining to drama and literature

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