Philosophy in Genoa have been central to national and international research since the sixties, with the first teaching in Mathematical Logic, Philosophy of Religion an Public Ethics. Since the nineties we have organised a series of international conferences and talks inviting some of the most relevant philosophers of XX Century like Robert Brandom, Michael Dummett, Alvin Goldman, Hans Küng, Michael Devitt, John McDowell, Dieter Heinrich, Kevin Mulligan, John Perry, Hilary Putnam, Wesley Salmon, Edwad Zalta. Obviously many Italian philosophers and other philosophers mostly (but not only) from Europe and the United States gave talks and seminars, while teachers at the University kept continuous interactions with many other centres of Philosophy in London, Paris, Warsaw, Berlin, Wien, Amsterdam, Barcelona, New York, Pittsburg, Stanford and many other Universities.
Genoa has been the site of the first Italian PhD Consortium in Philosophy of Science (starting from 1985) and it is now the site of the North Western Italian Philosophy Consortium (FINO) connecting the universities of Eastern Piedmont, Genoa, Pavia and Torino.Students of the Master Degree are welcome to follow seminars organised for the PhD students and participate to the discussions.
Theachers in the Master Degree belong to the most different trends in philosophy and offer students the most extraordinary cultural freedom, challenging on the one hand continental philosophy and on the other hand analytic philosophy and, why not, experimental philosophy that is practiced in collaboration with psychology Departments.
Although graduates in our master degree in philosophy tends to pursue the teaching career both in High School and in the Academia, they will also develop skills for entering management ranks in different work environments. Among them we may think consulting activities or direct involvement in publishing industry, marketing and multimedia communication; staff management in private or public companies. In what is called “post-capitalistic” economy it is difficult to define some precise professional figures, and a critical background with an open mind in philosophy, ethics and cognitive sciences may help enterning unpredictabe working environments.
In what follows we give the most characteristic teaching of our different curricula. Following a curriculum a student may also give examinations belonging to other curricula if she or he has mixed interests.
Anthropology and Cultures: Anthropology of Development, Anthropology of contemporaneity, Anthropology of knowledge systems, Anthropology of Greek Worlds, Philosophy of Renaissance, Psycho-pedagogy, Anthropology of Ethnical mixture.
Epistemology and Cognition: Logics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Human Sciences, Ontology, Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, Cognitive Psychology, Theories of Communication, Information Processing
Ethics and Politics: Etics, Contemporary Practical Philosophy, Public Ethics, Ethics of Communication, Sociology, Political Theory, Philosophy of Law, Gender Studies, History of political Institutions.
Philosophy and History of Philosophy: Philosophical Theory, History of Chirstianity, Traditions of middle-age Scholastic, Philosophy of religious dialogue, Theory of aesthetics object, Trends in contemporary thought, History of Italia Philosophy, Phislophy oc intercultural communciation.
The audience for these studies are all students devoted to take a critical grasp on what's happening today in the network of different disciplines and want to emerge as critical thinkers, able to avoid misunderstandings, lyes and deceptions so common in the internet era. The audience will be an active audience, wanting to participating to new ideas an projects and curious of all novelties in the contemporary cultural environment. Socrates used to say he was neither a Greek nor a Barbarian, but a citizen of the world. People sharing this open attitude will be our audience.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Credits are awarded basically with exams after lessons-seminars of 60 hours in presence plus work at home (9 credits) or lessons-seminars of 30 hours in presence plus work at home (6 credits).
Some credits can be given though workshops, apprenticeship, participation in psychological experiments or other abilities.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
You need to have a bachelor level, and to have passed some basic examinations in Philosophy (also if Philosophy is not your Major). Italian is not mandatory at the beginning, depending of the curriculum you are choosing and the availability of courses in English. However many courses are taught in italian, and knowing the language would help.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
There are funding for people with low income. For details you need to ask for information at the secretary staff.
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