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Many philosophical problems have been studied, in different places, for thousands of years; others have arisen only with more recent developments in science or culture. Today philosophy has become a fully global discipline. The Philosophy program at NYU Abu Dhabi strives to integrate the study of contemporary international philosophy with an understanding of philosophy's rich multicultural history.
The aim of the Philosophy program at NYUAD is to introduce students to a broad range of philosophical problems, to acquaint students with influential philosophical responses to these problems, and above all to train students to grapple with these problems themselves in a way that meets the highest intellectual standards. Students who major in Philosophy must complete 10 courses.
The Capstone in Philosophy represents the culmination of a student's work in the Philosophy major. It is a substantial work of written scholarship that enables students to explore a philosophical problem that is of particular personal interest, and to make a scholarly contribution to ongoing discussions of that problem. Students should expect to work on the project throughout senior year, and the completed project should be a polished and professional example of scholarly research and writing.