Department of Philosophy

VISION: Philosophy Addressing Global Challenges


  • 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



Ethical Interventions

The Department of Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities hereby invite to a public seminar titled Ethical Interventions. Speakers are Georg Meggle (Leipzig), Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac/Tel Aviv/Bergen), Gunnar Skirbekk (Bergen) and Silje Langvatn (Oslo). For more...


Kristina Miklavic: Shame as a Norm Regulator for Gendered Subjectivities

The notion of shame is the main focus in Kristina Miklavic's talk.

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.


Wittgenstein: The poetic philosopher

Sarah Uffelmann Szeltner has investigated the concept of grammar in Ludwig Wittgenstein´s writing. – He wrote like a poet, Szeltner says.

research | philosophy

Challenging the privileged status of logic

"Our aim is to strengthen the academic environment for philosophical logic in Norway."