Department of Philosophy

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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

Students' Committee

The department also teaches the first-term courses


Main research areas

Optival illusion of two peopele sitting on a step that goes over a pool with plane surface
May 23

Objectivity in Social Research

23. - 24. May. The workshop is organized by Julie Zahle (University of Bergen), Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki), and Erik Angner (University of Stockholm).

Photo of a metre bar
May 27

Jakub Mácha: The standard meter has always the same length. Contra Diamond contra Malcolm contra Kripke contra Wittgenstein

Associate Professor Jakub Mácha from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, is visiting the department and the Wittgenstein Archives through the Erasmus exchange programme, and will give a guest lecture while here. His talk is work-in-progress in relation to a new collaborative research...

Theoretical Philosophy
Drawing of Chinese room experiment
May 27

Marek Picha: What are thought experiments for?

Associate Professor Marek Picha from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, is visiting the department through the Erasmus exchange programme and will give a guest lecture while here. Please see abstract below.

To figurer som som står i hver sin ende av tallet 6 / 9 slik at det ser ut som 6 for den ene og 9 for den andre.
May 28

Bergen Logical Epistemology Workshop and Masterclass 2019

This year’s Bergen Workshop on Logical Disagreements will be held on the 28th-29th May, with the Early-Career Masterclass following on the 30th-31st May. Details about the events and registration below. All welcome!

Philosophy of mind
Bilde av innsiden av to hender mot en sløret bakgrunn
May 20

Depersonalization / derealization syndrome and implicit self-consciousness

At the next meeting in the research group Philosophy of mind, Franz Knappik will present a paper on depersonalization and derealization. Everyone interested is welcome to attend.