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  1. Both Latin and ancient Greek are mandatory subjects in the Religious Studies department of the Moscow State University Faculty of Philosophy – or, in any case, they were mandatory when I was a student (2006 – 2011).

    I can't say what the situation is in other departments, but as far as I know, at least one of the ancient languages is also mandatory in some of them. However, in such departments as the Department of Logic, the study of Latin or ancient Greek would hardly be meaningful as a mandatory subject.

    In addition, if necessary, the Faculty of Philosophy has the opportunity to study languages electively: in our study group there were those who took Japanese or Arabic as an additional language (plus two ancient, plus one modern). So it would be a pity.

  2. For some reason, the author asked me to answer this question, although I am far from a philosopher (if only after the third bottle). But even if I were an expert, I would not answer such an incorrect question (I am far from enthusiastic about MSU, but this does not mean that the Faculty of Philosophy is inhabited only by non-students).

    Nevertheless, I forwarded the question to my good friend and colleague from the specified faculty (he is certainly not a non-student). I quote his answer almost verbatim:

    This is not entirely true, or rather, not the whole truth… There are several areas of philosophy, such as religious studies, cultural studies, general philosophy, and some others. In religious studies, they study Latin and ancient Greek for a year (although, to tell the truth, it would be better if they spent these academic hours studying the rites, liturgics and theology of world religions — after all, they sit on courts as experts and send people to jail for nothing because of their ignorance!), and in cultural studies, they study Latin for a year. Also, each student has the opportunity to study the necessary ancient language as an elective free of charge. Including the ever-memorable Latin and ancient Greek, as well as Sanskrit, Hebrew and Celtic.
    It should be borne in mind that philosophical problems are quite extensive; not every specialist needs to have knowledge of ancient languages in order to be competent in their field of knowledge.
    And, excuse me, the meaning of the concepts “logos”, “acme” and “apeiron” can be understood by referring to the dictionary, and this will be enough!

  3. The Department of the History of Foreign Philosophy also studies Latin and Ancient Greek (optional). And there are also special courses where you actually learn an ancient language, too. We spent a semester reading Lucretius, for example.

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