The Philosophy Group offers a range of programmes to students at NTU. Undergraduate tracks include the BA (Honours), second major and minor programmes in philosophy. Graduate tracks include the MA and PhD programmes in philosophy.

We also offer courses that can be taken as electives by NTU students outside our philosophy programmes.

To find out more about our programmes and our offerings, click on the links in the sidebar to the right.

What is Philosophy?

The word “philosophy” originates from the Greek word φιλοσοφία (philosophia). Literally, "philosophy" means "love of wisdom": “philo” means to love, and “sophia” means wisdom. 

As an academic discipline, philosophy is concerned with the study of fundamental problems, such as those about the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality. It involves the broad and systematic critical questioning of the foundations underlying other disciplines.

Some typical questions philosophers ask are:

  • What kind of world do we live in?
  • Is there a God?
  • Is there an external world?
  • What kind of life should we live?
  • Do human beings act freely?
  • Where do moral obligations come from?
  • How do we construct a just society?
  • Where does knowledge come from and what are the limitations of our knowledge?
Philosophers are often concerned with specific questions that have direct applications in other fields:
  • Do the results of quantum mechanics force us to view our relations to objects differently?
  • Do animals have rights?
  • What is the justification for using military force?
  • Is euthanasia morally wrong?
  • What kind of research ethics should medical professionals observe in their research?


While Western philosophers are in general characterized by their analytic ability, Asian thinkers are characterized by their emphasis on self-transformation and their practical concerns for the world they live in. This is particularly the case in Chinese philosophy. Due to the comprehensive concerns of Chinese thinkers, the study of Chinese philosophy is intimately linked with the studies of Chinese literature and Chinese history.

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