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Department of Philosophy

VISION: Philosophy Addressing Global Challenges

MISSION:

  • Offer a rigorous teaching program in Philosophy
  • Offer Philosophy courses that are relevant for students in all disciplines
  • Offer high quality introductory courses in Philosophy, with relevance for students in all Faculties
  • Publish basic research in leading international Philosophy journals
  • Publish Philosophy research relevant for global public policy
  • Offer continuing education courses and participate actively in public policy debates

Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen is a large department, responsible both for the teaching of Philosophy at all levels and for teaching general education courses for students in all the Faculties of the University. There are 25 full time regular tenured positions, in addition to 14 permanent lecturers. We offer bachelor- and master-programs in Philosophy, and there are currently 11 active PhD students. We are also responsible for an interdisciplinary Rhetoric program. The Department is particularly strong in the areas of Ethics and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Mathematics and Science, Philosophy and Text Technology, and Wittgenstein studies. Most of our faculty members are engaged in work that crosses into other disciplines including cognitive science, medicine, and environmental studies. The Department of Philosophy is home to the The Wittgenstein Archives.

 

Studies in philosophy

The department also teaches the first-term courses Examen philosophicum and Examen facultatum for the Faculty of Humanities.

 

Main research areas

 

Half-day seminar on Philosophy and Text Technology

Wittgenstein and Text Technology

The Wittgenstein Archives welcome you to a half-day seminar on philosophy and text technology. Our colleague Jakub Mácha from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic will talk about challenges regarding the development of ontologies in the humanities, especially focussing on verbal disputes...

The Holberg prize

The Holberg Prize 2017 to British Philosopher

The British Philosopher Onora O'Neill is awarded the Holberg Prize 2017 for her influental work in the field of moral and political philosophy. She is particularly well known for her work on Kant, bioethics, human rights, trust and communication ethics.
News

Marie Curie fellowship from the European Union to Kristian Larsen

DICTUM is a basic research project focused on the technical core of Plato’s philosophy, that is, his conception of dialectic, the method that distinguishes philosophical inquiry from other kinds of inquiry.

Intellectual history

Charles Schmitt Prize 2017 to Mark Thomas Young

The Charles Schmitt prize is awarded annually by the international society of intellectual history (ISIH) to a doctoral student or recent postdoc for an essay in any area of intellectual history, broadly construed, from 1500 to the present, including the historiography of intellectual history.

Research in front

Philosopher by accident

Michael Baumgartner is the mind behind the method Coincidence Analysis. Fittingly, coincidence played a major role when he chose his career in philosophy.