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, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and Logic, Philosophy of Mind 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



The Politics of Law: Autonomy and Citizen Participation in Plato's "Laws"

In BNWPs third seminar of the semester, Oda Elisabeth Wiese Tvedt will present her paper, 'The Politics of Law: Autonomy and Citizen Participation in Plato's "Laws"'.

Philosophy of Science

Bergen Workshop in Philosophy of Science 2018

This year's Philosophy of Science Workshop will be held 24-25 May. No registration, everyone welcome! Programme and abstracts are available below.

Ancient Philosophy

Democracy and Its Rivals: Plato's Statesman and Laws

Bergen Ancient Philosophy Symposium 2018

Platonic dialectic

Conference: Platonic dialectic – inquiring into the nature of things

In recent decades a growing number of scholars have questioned the developmental approach to Plato that dominated scholarship in the 20th century. But this change has yet to prompt new approaches to Plato's conception of dialectic. The conference aims to promote such new approaches.