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Philosophy Department

In 2009, the preparations for the establishment of our department started. Our department started to provide undergraduate education in 2010-2011 academic year. In our department, education and training activities have started within the scope of the Master's program since September 2013. In 2019, education and training activities at the doctoral level have also started. Mardin Artuklu University Department of Philosophy has 1 professor, 1 associate professor, 4 assistant professors, 2 lecturers and 3 research assistants. 

The Department of Philosophy at Mardin Artuklu University sees itself as the heritage of the two thousand year old Nisibis Academy and stands out with the richness of its fields of study. The richness of the fields of study is manifested in three departments. Our academicians continue their studies under the departments of Systematic Philosophy and Logic, History of Philosophy and Islamic Philosophy.  Under these three departments, both the main debates and currents of Western Philosophy are reflected in the courses and the Eastern philosophical tradition is presented in a systematic manner. In addition to the basic philosophy courses, the department also offers a wide range of elective courses, allowing students to expand their world of thought in line with their own interests and needs.

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Philosophy offers an undergraduate program under the scope of Mardin Artuklu University Faculty of Letters. In the first year of this program, basic courses such as Introduction to Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Ontology, Epistemology, Mythology and Philosophy are given. In the second year, there are courses in Logic, Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, Medieval Christian Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy. In the third and fourth years, there are compulsory courses in different areas of philosophy such as Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, German Idealism, Philosophy of History, and Contemporary Philosophical Thoughts.

Through compulsory and elective courses, students not only acquire knowledge from these courses, but also gain the ability to put forward and defend their thoughts with the knowledge they have acquired. In addition to this skill, they also acquire the ability to see and analyze the problems they face from multiple perspectives. 

The Philosophy Society
The Philosophy Society enables students to pursue their skills outside of the classes and provides students with rich discussion opportunities by organizing philosophical activities. The Philosophy Society also organizes joint activities with philosophy societies at other universities and offers students the opportunity to share the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

Master's Degree Program

The Department of Philosophy, affiliated to the Institute of Graduate Studies, offers graduate level courses in Philosophy. These courses, in which students will use the basic knowledge gained from their undergraduate programs in more depth, are based on discussions based on the texts read. Some of the courses that students can choose in accordance with their academic interests and thesis studies are as follows:
Problems of Metaphysics, Problems of Aesthetics, Kurdish Philosophy Terminology Studies, Phenomenology Texts, Feminist Philosophy, Problems of Philosophy of Mind, Contemporary Russian Thought, Philosophy - Religion Relations in the Tehafutler Tradition, Peripatetics, Medieval Christian and Islamic Philosophy, Problems of Philosophy of Knowledge, Problems of Ethics, Ancient Philosophy.

PhD program

The PhD program continues its efforts to educate qualified philosophers. During the course period, researchers go through the processes of discussion and article writing on basic philosophical topics, especially current philosophical problems. Students who are successful at the end of the course period start the thesis writing process after passing the proficiency exam. 

Our PhD program aims to train well-equipped philosophers in the fields of systematic philosophy, logic, history of philosophy and continental philosophy, especially contemporary philosophical problems. Our program continues to work with its current curriculum to seek answers to philosophical problems from different perspectives, to develop critical thinking through logical analysis and to critique the basic problems in philosophy.

T.C. Mardin Artuklu University Rectorate