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To engage in philosophy is to ask questions about the possibility of knowledge, the nature of morality, the self and its place in the world, beauty and aesthetic experience, the meaning of religious experience, the justification and limits of power, and the purpose and meaning of philosophical inquiry itself.

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To study Philosophy enhances one’s intellectual powers for both understanding and improving the world. It teaches the virtues of truthfulness in the face of lies and dissimulation, tolerance in the face of prejudice and bigotry and criticism in the face of dogmatism and ideology. The Department of Philosophy at Egypt’s 'global university' thus teaches its students to be truly 'global citizens'.

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The philosophy major stresses a firm grounding in both the history and the various fields of philosophy. Because of the ways in which the study of philosophy complements other disciplines, it is always good for a student to double-major in another discipline.
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The Master of Arts in Philosophy at AUC gives students a unique opportunity to focus on both Islamic and European philosophy in the heart of a cultural and geographical crossroads where these traditions meet. Graduate students will be able to explore one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cities while simultaneously examining a broad spectrum of philosophical traditions — Eastern and Western, Christian and Islamic.
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Alum Uses Philosophy Studies at AUC to Found Go Clean Initiative

“Go clean is all about changing people's perspective on recycling so that their brains give them negative signs when they witness environmental hazards,” said Mohamed Hamdy ‘13, founder of Go Clean, a recycling solutions company aiming to increase public environmental awareness. Go Clean has recently won the European Union’s Most Promising Environmental Initiative Award at the Alex Go Green, hosted by the French Embassy in Egypt.

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Mellon Success

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Receives Mellon Grant to Fund Philosophy Initiative

Widely recognized as a hub for cultural and artistic expression, AUC’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS) recently received a $50,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a series of teaching, research and outreach programs for strengthening public humanities and civic discourse.

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Fresh Philosophy Graduate Joins Harvard Law School

Mohammed El Shafie ’17, philosophy graduate and recipient of the HSBC Bank Egypt Public School Scholarship, now steps up to a new challenge as he enters his first year at Harvard Law School this fall. With a long list of academic feats behind him, El Shafie looks to the future with fervor in the hopes of using his law degree to effect significant change. “I hope to work toward bringing the Islamic and Western worlds closer to one another,” he affirmed.

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Learn about student activities, opportunities and read about the experience of philosophy students

Mohamed El-Shafei


Philosophy alumni have distinguished themselves in diverse professional fields. They have pursued graduate study both in Egypt and abroad, and have drawn on their study of philosophy in a wide variety of professions.


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