Department of Philosophy


The Department of Philosophy at NTU can trace its origin back to the Philosophical Section in the Division of Arts and Political Science of Taihoku Imperial University during the Japanese colonial period. In the course of its development, our department started an MA program in 1957 and a Ph. D. program in 1985. Owing to the increasing need for more professional research and teaching, our graduate program was divided into an Eastern philosophy track and a Western philosophy track in 2000. In its fifty years of existence, the philosophy department has awarded more than 1,800 Bachelor degrees, 312 Master degrees, and 47 Ph.D. degrees.
The main goals of this department are to provide students with a rich and profound foundation in the field of humanities and to hone their philosophical talents for the sake of demonstrating profound, wide-ranging and incisive reflections on value that will guide the ethical orientation of our society. We are proud of our open-minded curriculum, and we are active in building co-operative relationships with other universities. For instance, we have so far established academic links with the Department of Language and Literature, the Department of Arts and Craft Education, and the Department of Elementary Education at the National Taipei Teachers College. Students on either side can freely select courses at the counterpart institution.
Since its initial establishment, our department won fame for synthesizing Eastern and Western philosophies, for penetrating ancient wisdom and advancing modern insight, and for educating exceptional talents. This is illustrated by the fact that our graduates have shown prominent accomplishments in numerous fields, such as academics, politics, literature, art, education, and publishing.
Our future goal is to keep and deepen the concurrent coverage of Eastern and Western thought. The Eastern philosophy track aims to deepen the exploration of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. The Western philosophy track intends to advance the comprehensive coverage of both traditional and modern philosophy. This will allow our faculty to conduct research on their own scholarly subjects and to introduce the very essence of Eastern and Western philosophy to our students.

The Aim of the Department
The department of philosophy is designed to educate students to think philosophically, to equip them with good abilities to think, to help them acquire correct criteria to judge, as well as to attain a humanistic way of living.

The Faculty
Full-time Professor: 11.
Full-time Associate Professor: 6.
Full-time Assistant Professor: 4.
Teaching Assistants: 2.
Part-time Professor: 2.
More details about our faculty, just to see FACULTY.

The regulations for studying at the Department
Students have to study for at least 4 years and should complete a minimum of 128 credits.
Courses required by the Ministry of Education: 18 credits.
General courses: 12 credits.
Courses required by the Department: 70 credits.
Total credits of required courses: 102.

Courses Required by the Department
1. The Freshman Year:
Introduction to Philosophy, 6 credits.
Elementary Logic, 4 credits.
Ethics, 4 credits.

2. The Sophomore Year:
History of Chinese Philosophy ( I ), 4 credits.
History of Western Philosophy ( I ), 4 credits.
History of Chinese Philosophy ( II ), 4 credits.
History of Western Philosophy ( II ), 4 credits.
Seminar in English Journal Articles, 2 credits.
Metaphysics, 4 credits.
Epistemology, 4 credits.

3. Elective Course Required:
30 credits in Advanced Topics (including at least 10 in the field of Chinese Philosophy, and 10 in that of Western Philosophy).

1. The department publishes a journal, National Taiwan University Philosophical Review, twice issue a year. From now on, each volume will include two issues published in March and October annually.
2. A philosophical conference is held locally each year.
3. A faculty seminar is held regularly every month.

The Rules for the Students who want to transfer to the Departmen, and to take Philosophy as their Minor Subject or Second Major:
1. Rules for Transfer Students:
¡@ 1. the average scores of previous school year is above 70.
¡@ 2. Oral examination

2. Rules for Students taking Philosophy as Minor Subject:
¡@ there is no limitation to the number of such Students.
¡@ Condition for Students: All the Students studying in every Colleges of NTU can apply.

3. Courses required for a Minor in Philosophy:
¡@ Courses in Chinese Philosophy: History of Chinese Philosophy ( I ) ( II ), 8 credits;Metaphysics , Epistemology , Ethics, ( electing two subjects from the three ) 8 credits; Advanced Topics in Chinese Philosophy, 8 credits; Total 24 credits.
¡@ Courses in Western Philosophy: History of Western Philosophy ( I ) ( II ), 8 credits; Metaphysics , Epistemology , Ethics, ( electing two subjects from the three ) 8 credits; Advanced Topics in Western Philosophy, 8 credits; Total 24 credits.

4. Rules for Students taking Philosophy a Second Major: please refer to NTU's Rules for Students Taking Double Majors.

The Institute of Philosophy:
1. Subjects of Admission Examinations: ( only for Reference. Please check the current Catalogue of Admission Examination Requirements)
¡@ 1) Master : 1. Chinese Philosophy; 2. Western Philosophy; 3. Epistemology and Logic; 4. Metaphysics and Ethics; 5. Chinese; 6. English.
¡@ 2) Doctor : 1. Written Examination: a.Chinese Philosophy; b. English Philosophy; c. Metaphysics or Ethics ( Alternative ); d. Logic or Epistemology ( Alternative )

2. Oral Examination

3. Graduate Programs: The Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits ( excluding M.A. thesis research )
¡@1) Courses Required:
¡@ ¡@M.A. Candidates: "Seminar on Basic Problems of Philosophy" ( 3 credits ); two years of a second foreign language ( no credit, exempt if already passed the examination) ; courses related to the M.A. thesis ( approved by advisor and at least 4 credits )
¡@ ¡@Ph.D. Candidates: "Independent Study ( I ), ( II )" ( 4 credits ); two years of a second foreign language ( no credit, exempt if already passed the examination)
¡@2) Elective Courses Required:
¡@ ¡@Students must chose courses from three of the following four categories ( 3 credits each ): 1. History of Philosophy; 2. Metaphysics and Epistemology; 3. Ethics and Philosophy of Value; 4. Logic and Philosophy of Science.

1. In the Building of the Department of Philosophy, there are 27 offices for teachers, two for graduated students, and one seminar rooms. The Department has a library, a meeting room and a computer room for teachers and students. We also have 35 computers with printer, one fax machine, three projectors, and two copiers.
2. We have about 20,000 volumes of books in Chinese and 40,000 volumes of books in western languages, 200 titles of journals, and 600 volumes of theses and papers.

Specialties which could be developed here
1. Capacities in reasonably thinking and fluency in language.
2. Abilities in organizing and ample capability in writing.
3. Well versed in classics and good grasp of cultural knowledge.

Advanced Education:
1. Institute of Philosophy; 2. Institute of Education; 3. Institute of Art; 4. Institute of Chinese Literature; 5. Institute of Journalism; 6. Institute of Law; 7. Institute of Economics; 8. Institute of Theater and Drama; 9. Institute of Civil Engineering.

Graduates' Career planning
1. Culture; 2. Education; 3. Art; 4. Reporter; 5. Publication, Editor; 6. Translator.