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



Recognition beyond difference: for a politics of indifference

Safatle is in Bergen in his capacity as head of the Committee for international cooperation, Facultade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciencias Humanas (FFLCH) at Universiade de Sao Paulo. Last April, UiB and USP-FFFLCH, signed an agreement on cooperation and exhchange.

research | philosophy

Challenging the privileged status of logic

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


Funding for project on philosophy of logic

The four-year project `Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic' has received a grant from the Norwegian Research Council in the category `Young Researchers'. The project leader is Ole Hjortland (Department of Philosophy), and the project will fund a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student.


Erbacher and Pichler write for the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy

The current issue of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy (vol. 4, nr. 3, 2016) features papers by two of our department members: Christian Erbacher has written on 'Wittgenstein and His Literary Executors' and Alois Pichler has reviewed Mauro Engelmann's (who visited...