The philosophy program at the University of Oslo is a broad program that covers most of the areas and topics standardly taught in philosophy today. Perhaps it may be said that philosophy at Oslo has an analytic slant. Indeed, it is strong in traditional “analytic” areas such as philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and action. The continental tradition is, however, well represented as well as the history of philosophy and ethics. The department has in addition resources in several less common areas that are not universally found in philosophy departments such as late ancient and patristic philosophy.
There are about 145 students in the philosophy program at the BA-level, about 65 at the MA-level, and about 25 working for their doctorates in philosophy (the doctoral studies are not a part of the same program, however).
It covers most of the areas and topics standardly taught in philosophy today. The department has in addition resources in several less common areas that are not usually found in the average philosophy department, e.g. late ancient and patristic philosophy, and environmental philosophy.
International students are welcome to studies at all levels. Except from our first year courses (1000 level), most other courses will be offered in English if there are exchange students rolled.
Our department houses a big research center largely consisting of philosophers, the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN). IFIKK participates in the Nordplus network in philosophy, which is a cooperation between 17 Nordic universities. We also welcome Erasmus students and bilateral exchange students
There are certain strongholds within the philosophy faculty with two or more members working within the same subfield, in some cases more than one internationally renowned scholars. See in particular the following fields:
- Aesthetics (C. Fricke, S. Mathisen, A. Pedersen, K. Gjesdal)
- Ancient philosophy (E.K. Emilsson, P. Dimas, Ø. Rabbås, T. Tollefsen)
- Epistemology: (H. Cappelen, O. Gjelsvik, B.T.Ramberg)
- Ethics (C. Fricke, A.J.Vetlesen, J. Saugstad, )
- Kantian studies (C. Fricke, C. Serck-Hanssen, J. Saugstad)
- Philosophy of mind, language and action (H. Cappelen, O. Gjelsvik, B.T.Ramberg, C. Hansen)
On IFIKK’s English pages you will find links to homepages of members of the department, all research projects, lectures and other activities. (In some cases the links above lead to pages that presently exist only in Norwegian.)