Here you will find information that is mainly intended for students and doctoral students. If you need assistance with formalia/
Please also refer to the main page of the Department of Philosophy on Scientific Work.
A student paper or thesis must be unmistakably your own work and may therefore only be supervised to a limited degree. In the case of term papers, the support is optional, for the final theses steps 1) and 2) are mandatory.
Precise and structured reasoning, comprehensible writing, correct interpretation and rhetorical conciseness are needed across all areas, but especially in philosophy. Often this is required during your studies, but not taught.
Here you will find some practical tips and guidance on structured reading and writing (Chapter 1), definitions and explanations (Chapter 2), written argumentation (Chapter 3) and presentation and discussion (Chapter 4).
(Applies to Bachelor, Master and Admission Theses)
Excellent and good term papers
Satisfactory and poorer term papers
Some students have realized during their studies that it is not enough to simply attend the offered courses, to eat, as it were, what comes on the table.
Designing a course that seamlessly eliminates gaps would require a very strict curriculum and the associated mentality of a passive, dependent student is precisely not our ideal. Instead, we hold on to the image of the self-responsible and committed student (“Humboldt's Spirit”). In other words, without reading books in independent study, without participating in student discussion groups, a certain degree of success will not be reached. Philosophy fits the ECTS mentality of Bologna only to a limited degree.
In particular, Master's students in the fast track program encounter problems here. If so, it might be adivsable to specialize and focus primarily on normative ethics and business ethics in the field of practical philosophy, for which the following sources can serve as an introduction: