Institute of Philosophy

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About us

The website contains information on the history of the Institute, the structure of Chairs, list of faculty, courses offered and includes individual faculty and PhD candidates webpages complete with publication and conference talk lists (many available for download).

Those interested in studying philosophy can also find valuable information here. The university offers full-time, weekend and post-graduate studies in philosophy. The Study Programmes tab contains all the relevant information.

The website is a shared responsibility of the faculty members, both those that actively create it and those that for some reasons refuse to do so.

The website also hosts the webpage of the Section of Natural Philosophy and Natural Sciences of the Polish Philosophical Society as well as the webpage of the Zielona Góra Philosophical Colloquium that presents the talks by invited speakers and the Russian Philosophy webpage (an initiative lead by prof. Lilianna Kiejzik). A sister project, called "Science and Religion" is lead by prof. Kazimierz Jodkowski and is hosted on a separate website. There, one also finds the Philosophical Aspects of Genesis on-line journal.

History of the Institute

Before the Institute was established, the philosophers worked in the Chair of Philosophy in the Social Education Institute, the Department of Education at Kotarbiński Teacher Training College. The local philosophical environment received a boost when the then rector of the college prof. Baksalary decided to hire a number of professors (Andrzej Wiśniewski, Wojciech Sady, Kazimierz Jodkowski and - slightly later - Adam Grobler) as well as PhDs (Marek Piechowiak, Wojciech Żełaniec and Beata Frydryczak). Professors Ryszard Palacz, Jan Kurowicki and Włodzimierz Kaczocha had already been working with us and prof. Robert Leszko came from the Institute of Mathematics. As a result, the Institute of Philosophy was established on 1 October 1995. Krzysztof Kaszyński, a senior lecturer, was the first head of the institute.

In academic year 1996/1997, full-time 5-year MA studies in philosophy were offered for the first time. In academic year 2000/2001 full-time 3-year BA studies in civics and philosophy were opened and, in academic year 2003/2004, 5-year MA studies in philosophy and social communication were also opened (to be closed a couple of years later as inconsistent with the Universities Act) together with 2-year postgraduate studies in philosophy. Moreover, 2002/2003 saw the opening of weekend BA studies in philosophy.

On 27 March 2000 the Institute was awarded by the Central Committee for Academic Titles and Degrees the right to confer the degree of PhD in philosophy. First vivas took place in the academic year 2000/2001. As of today, the Institute has conferred 16 PhD degrees in philosophy.

Recognising the high quality of teaching, the Conference of Rectors upon the request from the Academic Quality Assessment Committee, on 23 March 2002 awarded the philosophy degrees at our Institute with a 2-year-quality certificate, which was subsequently extended by another 5 years.

The Institute had developed dynamically until the establishment of the University of Zielona Góra. The first rector, prof. Kisielewicz, who held the opinion that there are far too many professors, is responsible for a long-lasting crisis, leading to the outflow of a number of faculty to other academic institutions. The bad times are over now and we are gradually reclaiming our prestige. Four faculty members successfully passed the habilitation procedure, while additional three professors began working with us in recent time. In addition, a number of our past students began working as assistant professors. The Institute is predominantly known in Poland for the works of two research teams. One of these deals with the relations between science and philosophy, while the other with Russian philosophy. The faculty take part in international and national conferences, publish in the most prestigious journals, including those from the ISI Master Journal List, and publish specialised book series.

As of today, the Institute has 18 faculty members: 10 senior members (with habilitation degree) and 8 assistant professors (with PhD). Also, there are 20 students currently studying for a PhD.