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



Guest lecture by John Atkins: "Converging on Quietism"

Dr. John Atkins from The University of Queensland will be giving a guest lecture where the key words are: "Convergence, Metaphysical Realism, Naturalism, Quietism, Scepticism, Scientism, Wittgenstein"

Philosophical night out with Bergen Philosophical Society

We are happy to announce that all philosophers, students and from the department alike, are invited to a full philosophical evening at Comfort Hotel Holberg Thursday 19th October 18.00.

Method in antiquity

The Greek Concept of Method: The ethical and metaphysical origins of method in Hesiod, Parmenides and beyond

In this presentation Jakob Leth Fink (University of Gothenburg) will focus on the terminology relevant for the discussion of method in ancient philosophical and scientific texts.


3rd Anti-Exceptionalism Workshop: Theory-Choice in Logic (MCMP, Munich)

The `Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic' project is organizing a joint workshop with the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP, LMU Munich).

Open positions

There are no open positions for this unit at the moment.