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The Master’s Degree in Logic & Philosophy of Science addresses most of the current problems related to knowledge, language and science.

Below are the strategic lines that make up the master’s degree:  

  • The study of logic, its progress over time and its applications in different areas. For example, in the area of the new information society it is studied in relation to the development of IT and artificial intelligence, or of web-specific languages capable of supporting useful terminological information for searches, which has led to the creation of the Semantic Web.   
  • The study of argument, paying special attention to conflict resolution through reasoning. It focuses both on the theoretical problem of rationality and discourse, and on the practical field of cultural criticism and mediation.
  • The study of science and the social conflicts that it entails, the implementation of technology and the social assessment of its impact, as well as of its history, provide the practical and theoretical dimensions that are highly demanded at both public and institutional level.
  • The study of the language-world relationship, cognitive models and their application to artificial intelligence, problems related to communication, speech acts and pragmatics, meanings, intentionality, and mental representation theories.    

Ours is an inter-university master’s degree. There are eight institutions involved in its organization and management (U. Salamanca, U. Coruña, U. Santiago de Compostela, U. Valladolid, U. Valencia, U. Granada and the Spanish Nationl Research Council [CSIC]). There are also teachers from other universities such as the U. of Málaga, the U. of Seville, the U. of the Basque Country, the National Distance Education University (UNED), and the Autonomous University of Madrid. This means that we not only have one of the best teaching teams in the country, which is in the interest of student-training, but that we also work in research teams and groups, which facilitates contact with research networks for students who wish to pursue doctoral studies.  This master’s degree gives direct access to the programme of doctoral studies in Logic and Philosophy of Science.  

Our master’s degree is not only intended for Philosophy students, but it is also offered to students of other disciplines such as Humanities students interested in acquiring a better understanding of the problems related to knowledge, Natural and Social Science students who wish to engage in methodological and epistemological reflections on their own discipline, or engineering and formal sciences students. Philosophy students are provided with the methodological bases and reflection that link their discipline to social problems and needs, whereas the rest of groups benefit from the study of logic, since it is the cross-disciplinary subject per excellence, a mediator between Sciences and Humanities and an essential tool in all rule-governed contexts.       

Our aims: After completing the cycle, students should not only possess passive knowledge of the subjects covered, but they should also be trained to conduct research and even show originality in the development and application of the knowledge acquired. The students’ understanding of Logic and Philosophy of Science should enable them to solve new problems and apply their newly-acquired skills to unusual contexts, they should be capable of expressing their own judgements, of arguing rationally, of expressing their conclusions in an appropriate style, of writing articles acceptable for revision and publication in our own journals as well as in international level ones. It is essential for students to become autonomous learners, capable of finding and selecting information to fulfil their purposes.     

Structuring the most important teaching sessions around two intensive meetings to be held around October and February, when both teachers and students are expected to travel to the headquarters of the master’s degree [1], encourages the establishment of closer relations among students and between students and teachers. 

[1] The headquarters change every two years, rotating among the different universities that manage the master’s degree. The next two editions (academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15) shall be held in Madrid, at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

 

The current headquarter is Salamanca University

This master’s degree gives direct access to the interuniversity PhD programme in Logic and Philosophy of Science.

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