Good news: I will be a student again!
I have been accepted into a programme for an MA in Philosophy to begin in January 2011.
Philosophy should be both interesting and challenging enough to enable my brain and my mind to explore new boundaries, something which has been lacking a bit lately. I am especially looking forward to the second year when the focus will be on political philosophy. Another reason why I chose philosophy for my postgraduate degree is that I believe it to be a subject that is rather difficult to study in a foreign language, and I hope that this will catapult my English into the league of near-fluency finally.
After the experience of studying law and for years earning unfounded exclamations of “Ohh!” from everyone who learnt about this, it will be a welcome change to receive nothing more than irritated stares of “???” when I inform people of my pursued studies. Finally, I’ll be left alone instead of being pummelled with questions about employment contracts, child support and how to get out of a mobile phone contract.
I chose the Open University, Britain’s distance learning university, because I want to maintain the flexibility of moving to another city, country or continent during the time that I will work on this degree. For philosophy, you need a brick and mortar university even less, because it is best done alone in a forest or on a beach with a book (and a cigar). The Open University has also been ranked very high in the annual student satisfaction survey, and as a mature student I don’t think I’ll need somebody to hold my hands.
You can accompany me on this inspiring journey, as I shall be bothering you with more posts about philosophy henceforth.
As the first of three modules, I have read the “Postgraduate Foundation Module in Philosophy” (A850), in the course of which I wrote the following essays:
- What constitutes a person?
- The Psychological Continuity Account
- The Self-Ownership Thesis
- Philosophy of Punishment
This year’s module is “Issues in Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy” (A851) and here are the essays written so far:
- Functional Explanation in the Social Sciences
- Egalitarianism versus Sufficiency Criterion
- John Rawls: “A Theory of Justice” vs. his later works
- Punishment and Liberalism
- Is there a Serious Alternative to Liberalism as a Political Theory?
In 2013, I will embark on the final year and write a dissertation (A857) about the philosophical aspects of felony disenfranchisement, that is the practice of barring prisoners or in some cases also former prisoners from voting.