Since the creation in 2007 of the Erasmus Mundus Master EuroPhilosophie, it has acquired a reputation of international renown. Each year it attracts some twenty philosophy students of exceptional talent; students that often are already publishing and that are active in national and international research networks. It has seen the birth of a community of over a hundred junior researchers from all over the world. Whether student, post-doc, or faculty, and according to individual capacity, everyone shares and exchanges knowledge and ideas, and all participate in the innovative practices of the programme.
In turn they support and further the activities of the programme via two registered associations: The “Amicale des étudiants et diplômés EuroPhilosophie” or “Amicale Europhilosophique” for short, and the “Association EuroPhilosophie”.
The Erasmus Mundus Master EuroPhilosophie is a training of research by research. Not only is teaching based on the latest research insights, but more importantly, the programme offers students conditions unique in Europe: A training in the research practice that involves the totality of the activities at play in the production of research. This is something generally inaccessible to Master students. It gives the programme its highly scientific profile. It produces junior researchers that, after only two years of training, are already able to teach classes and to structure collective research projects.
The Erasmus Mundus Master (EMM) EuroPhilosophie, research training programme uses the very same tools and practices that are used in high-level academic research:
- 1. The most promising MA theses are submitted to boards of editors of scientific collections (in print or online). These collections are edited by EMM faculty and are created specifically to publish, without consideration of age, and to the sole criterion of quality alone, the work of EMM students.
These works are published side by side with the works of junior researchers that are part of the EMM network. There is the collection “Libri virides”, edited by R. Sepp of the University of Prague (Norhausen, DE: Traugott Bautz publishers).
And there are the online collections of the EuroPhilosophie site (with ISSN number). The latter is a veritable “community of publishers”; It is an initiative of the EuroPhilosophie Consortium that aims to bring together independent publisher-researchers that are all motivated by a similar interest in direct and Open Acess publishing of on-going research.
- 2. The scientific journal Interpretationes. Studia Philosophica Europeana. publishes the finest of EuroPhilosophie student theses and is distributed by the Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin (Paris). It was founded by the University of Prague and directed by Fabio Bruschi, a EuroPhilosophie graduate and Assistant doctorate at the Catholic University of Louvain la Neuve. Editors are EMM alumni; the scientific board is composed of EMM academic coordinators.
- 3. Students are seen as active researchers who are themselves responsible for a part of their scientific training. They organise, at the instigation of the Amicale Europhilosophique, workshops and meetings during the periodic assemblies at Toulouse and Paris, as also during thematic assemblies at the various European partner universities of the Consortium. Such workshops generally relate to the scientific specialisation of the host university and take place under the supervision of EMM faculty.
- 6. To give students the necessary opportunity to elaborate and communicate those questions that directly relate to the socio-cultural domain the EMM EuroPhilosophie has erected centres of research and international research networks with this specific purpose in mind. They act as veritable laboratories of ideas and reinforce the training programme. There is the Research Centre on the Phenomenology of the Subject and the Theory of Action (CPSA), founded by Marc Maesschalck at the Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Louvain
and the International Forum for Politicial and Social Philosophy, organised in July by the EuroPhilosophie Coordinating Office at Toulouse and in partnership with the Universities of Louvain (UCL), Liege, Padova, and Belgrade ,and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris.
The EMM EuroPhilosophie contributes to the appeal of European higher education and supports and furthers scientific academic cooperation with non-European countries. It does so through the setting up of pilot projects in the teaching of research in the Humanities; it itself being a laboratory of ideas and of innovative and transferable practices. It also supports the development of centres of training and research in contemporary philosophy outside of Europe:
- 1. The EMM, in adopting the principle of the “student-researcher-author”, not only involves students in a direct way in the operation and quality of the programme, it also engages students and EuroPhilosophie graduates in a profound reflection on the relations between philosophy and the academic institution. See, for instance, the organisation in May 2011 by the Amicale EuroPhilosophie of an important international conference on “The Philosophical Institute” that took place at the University of Wuppertal and in partnership with the Centre for Philosophy of the University of Tokyo and the Collège international de Philosophie (founded in France by J. Derrida).
- 2. The EMM organises and supports seminars on research training at the Universities of Memphis (USA), Sao Carlos (Brazil) and Hosei (Japan). These seminars engage researchers of many of the prestigious universities within the region. Furthermore, they serve to institute the academic cooperation in the research in contemporary “continental” philosophy of the United States, Brazil, and Japan with Europe.
Thus Hosei University has created, within the EMM, the “Hosei Erasmus Mundus Programme”; the activities of which were inaugurated in 2010 by W. Aitchisson (European Commission – Education Office) and M-H. Vareille (European Commission Delegate in Japan). The programme regroups faculy of numerous Japanese universities, to wit: Kyushu Sangyo, Dôshisha Ryôto, Meiji Tokyo, Osaka, and Rikkyo Tokyo.
- 3. The EMM supports new translations of the works of important contemporary thinkers that are relevant to its field of study into the languages of its non-European students members. It does so through forms of cooperation with the faculty of their universities of origin.
- 4. Via the initiatives of the Association EuroPhilosophie, founded in France in 2010 by the scientific coordinators of the Consortium, the EMM exports its practices to non-European universities. Within the programme of bilateral cooperation it thus supplies universities with experts and mission representatives.