Why study philosophy?
"Philosophy, like all other studies, aims primarily at knowledge. The knowledge it aims at is the kind of knowledge which gives unity and system to the body of the sciences, and the kind which results from a critical examination of the grounds of our convictions, prejudices, and beliefs. (...) The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected. As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find (...) that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given. Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom. (...) Apart from its utility in showing unsuspected possibilities, philosophy has a value – perhaps its chief value -through the greatness of the objects which it contemplates, and the freedom from narrow and personal aims resulting from this contemplation." (Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, ch. 15)

Our successes

Philosophy studies at our department were ranked the best in the country in Perspektywy 2021 ranking

Dr Joanna Luc was honored with the Prime Minister Prize for a distinguished doctoral dissertation in 2021.

Dr Juliusz Doboszewski was honored with the Prime Minister Prize for a distinguished doctoral dissertation in 2020.

Defining Determinism by Prof. Tomasz Placek and Prof. Thomas Müller has been included by Oxford University Press in the Best of Philosophy - a ranking of articles published in philosophy journals.

Diametros is the best general philosophy journal published in Poland in the new SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), based on the Scopus database (June 2020).

Dr Tomasz Żuradzki, the director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the Jagiellonian University, has been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. The summary of the project titled "Deep uncertainties in bioethics: genetic research, preventive medicine, reproductive decisions" can be found here.

Dr. Zalan Gyenis has been awarded the Alfred Tarski Logic Prize for the year 2018.

Current research projects: Dr. Anna Tomaszewska, Between Secularization and Reform. Religious Rationalism in the Late Seventeenth Century and in the Enlightenment.

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