Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy plays host to a lively community of philosophers engaged in a wide range of philosophical research projects. We offer rigorous and competitive graduate and undergraduate programs which train students in traditional core areas of philosophy and provide them with opportunities to actively participate in our various international and often interdisciplinary research projects. The Department of Philosophy also coordinates the translation of philosophical classics into Estonian and engages with issues of concern to the broader public with the twin aims of encouraging their widespread and reasoned debate and of motivating ethical and pro-social action.
The department has four chairs:
Also Centre for Ethics operates along the Department as a consortium.
History of the Department
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (formerly Faculty of Philosophy) is amongst the oldest four faculties in the University of Tartu and it served the same role that the Department of Philosophy has now, so the Department of Philosophy celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2007. The department was given its present form after the restructuring in 1991.
On 22nd December 2006 the Council of the University adopted amendments to the statute establishing the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics on 1st June 2007, which brought together the Department of Philosophy and Department of Semiotics.
Since 1991 over 200 undergraduate students have graduated, 79 people have defended their master's degree, and 13 doctoral degrees have been awarded, 5 people have also completed the philosophy teachers curriculum (as of 21/12/2015).
A comprehensive overview of the Department of Philosophy's recent history in English can be found in the self-evaluation report, which was put together in 2009 for accreditation.
Faculty member Eduard Parhomenko examining Immanuel Kant's deathmask. Photo: Andres Tennus / University of Tartu