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Doctoral Program

The doctoral program at MUSAΦ, which is now accepting applications, is devoted to training future teachers and researchers in all areas of ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, their medieval reception in Latin and Arabic, and textual criticism. Drawing jointly from LMU’s Philosophy and Classics Departments, MUSAΦ enables doctoral students to develop skills that each discipline brings to the study of ancient philosophy and offers the doctoral degree through both departments.

Established in the fall of 2010, MUSAΦ is jointly directed by Professors Peter Adamson (Philosophy), Christof Rapp (Philosophy) and Oliver Primavesi (Classics). The teaching staff is rounded out by several junior faculty. MUSAΦ also regularly invites guest faculty and visiting fellows to the program.

Aside from their dissertation work, doctoral students have the opportunity to participate in a very wide range of advanced courses, reading groups and workshops with leading scholars. Recent courses have focused on: The Eleatics; Pythagoreanism and Platonism in Aristotle’s Metaphysics; Plato’s Timaeus; Plato’s Phaedo and its Late Ancient Reception; Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Aristotle's Posterior Analytics; Aristotle's Metaphysics Beta; Aristotle's De Motu Animalium (both philosophical and text-critical seminars); Philosophy as an Art of Living; Ancient Moral Psychology; Ancient Philosophy of Action, Alexander’s De Fato; Sextus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism, Academic Skepticism, Plotinus on potentiality and actuality; Plotinus on Omnipresence; Plotinus on Freedom; Averroes on Intellect; al-Kindi’s First Philosophy; and Aristotelianism in Contemporary Ethics. The methods employed in these seminars range from philosophical analysis to textual criticism. Thus, complementing our emphasis on philosophical breadth and rigor, MUSAΦ gives doctoral students the opportunity to refine their knowledge of the classical languages and to do advanced philological work with ancient texts. For example, recent seminars have focused in part on reconstructing stemmata and authenticating and editing texts. This broad spectrum of topics and approaches is reflected in the range of dissertation projects our doctoral students are currently pursuing.

Neither doctoral stipends, nor enrolment at MUSAΦ, require teaching. Nevertheless many doctoral students will find it useful and stimulating to teach on occasion in the Classics or Philosophy Departments alongside their dissertation writing. There is in general ample opportunity for teaching and a great deal of flexibility regarding topics. 

The doctoral program and doctoral fellowships are intended for students who are prepared to begin dissertation research immediately. These students will have, at a minimum, basic skills in Greek or Latin (and in some cases, Arabic) and a familiarity with the outlines of ancient philosophy; in most cases they will have gained a stronger background in languages or in philosophy with an M.A. or equivalent in Philosophy or Classics. Students who are not yet prepared to begin dissertation research might be interested in the Masters Program in Ancient Philosophy at LMU.

Prospective applicants are invited to browse the “People” section of our website, and to contact any of the faculty or graduate students for additional information. Any and all inquiries (in English or in German) may also be directed to musaph@lmu.de.