Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Cultural & Social Sciences

The Profile of the Department

The analytic and formal approach distinguishes the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences. While the methods have to be as strict as possible, there are no thematic boundaries. The Department represents philosophy in its entirety.

Research and teaching concentrate on the philosophical core disciplines (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, logic, ethics). The specialist disciplines (such as philosophy of language, aesthetics, philosophy of technology, social philosophy, anthropology) are also considered, but they are not taught as regularly as the core disciplines.

Every discipline should use the best available methods. For instance, it would be unacceptable if physics did not use mathematical methods and history did not use the methods of its auxiliary disciplines. The best available methods in philosophy can be found in modern logic and philosophy of science. For this reason a special emphasis of thedepartment lies in logic and philosophy of science, where the application of formal methods to philosophical problems, thephilosophical analysis of formal methods and interdisciplinarity are regarded as fundamental.

The combination of thematic broadness (problems of the core disciplines) with methodological strictness (emphasis on logic and philosophy of science) has become the hallmark of the Department of Philosophy. This is regularly confirmed by evaluations and assessments of the Department.

 

A short history of the Department

The Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences was founded in 1964. It was led by Balduin Schwarz, who was first honorary professor and later appointed to full professor in 1966. Soon a second full professorship in philosophy with an emphasis in philosophy of science was established. When Paul Weingartner was appointed to this professorship in 1971, this led to an internationally recognized emphasis on methodological research. Edgar Morscher was appointed as Professor Schwarz’s successor in 1979, and Reinhard Kleinknecht was appointed as Professor Weingartner’ssuccessor in 2002.Peter Simons (Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin) worked at the Department from 1980 to 1995, Gerhard Schurz (Department of Philosophy, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) worked here from 1981 to 2000, and Hannes Leitgeb (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich) worked here from 2002 to 2005.Internationally successful graduates of the Department of Philosophy include: Simon Huttegger (Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine), Hannes Leitgeb (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich) and Charlotte Werndl (Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics; she will be full professor in logic and philosophy of science at the Department from September 2014 onwards).

  • News
    In 2017, the Doppler principle celebrates its 175th anniversary. The physicist Christian Doppler, born in Salzburg in 1803, presented his main work at the University of Prague on 25 May, 1842, on "Das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne", in which he described the principle known as the Doppler effect for the first time.
    The Philosophical Society in Salzburg, together with the departments of Philosophy of the KGW and KTH, invites you to attend a lecture with Professor David W. Smith. Date: Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 18:15, HS 301 Franziskanergasse 1.
    Lecture by Katharina Anzengruber: KLANGKÖRPER - KÖPERKLANG within the course of the public lecture series "Experimentierraum Wissenschaft und Kunst", conceptualized by the doctoral candidates of the Doktoratskollegs, "The Arts and their Public Impact: Concepts – Transfer- Resonance". Date: 30 May. Time: 17:00. Location: at the Atelier in the KunstQuartier, Bergstraße 12a, 5020 Salzburg. In cooperation with the UNI 55-PLUS.
    The Philosophical Society in Salzburg has organized the lecture, "Bernhard Bolzanos politische Philosophie – heute genauso aktuell wie damals", in cooperation with the International Bernhard-Bolzano-Gesellschaft. Dates: Thursday, 8 June, 2017, 18:15, HS 301, Franziskanergasse 1, 4th floor. .
    Thanks to a generous legacy by Kurt Zopf, the University of Salzburg awards the Kurt-Zopf Prize, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, for habilitated members of organizational units of the university, which cover the areas of humanities, cultural and / or social science, jurisprudence or theology.
    From now until 3 July, it is possible to register for the "ditact_women's IT summer school" of the University of Salzburg . It takes place from 21 August to 2 September at the Unipark Nonntal and at the Fachhochschule Salzburg: http://www.ditact.ac.at.
    More than 100 events will take place in the city of Salzburg during the "Wissenschaftsmonat - Jetzt Zukunft erleben". The University of Salzburg is involved.
    Andreas Kraß, professor of Medieval German literature, with a focus on literature of the High Middle Ages at the Humboldt University of Berlin, will hold a guest lecture within the course of the lecture series "POLEMIK UND GENDER. KONSTRUKIONEN – DISTINKTIONEN– PROVOKATIONEN", in the Unipark Nonntal.
    Monika Frass, Professorial Chair for Ancient History and Antiquities, "Kauf- und Konsumverhalten im Alltagsleben der Antike"; and Wohlmayr Wolfgang, Professorial Chair for Classical Archeology, "Archäologie – Wandel einer Disziplin", Date: Tuesday, 13 June, 2017. Time: 18:30. Place: Alte Residenz, Residenzplatz 1, Abguss-Sammlung Archäologie (SR E.33).
    Lecture Series on Global Challenges: 19/20, May; 23/24 June, 2017, UniPark Salzburg.
    Professor Gerhard Vowe speaks about the connection between the migration crisis and political communication at the Department of Communication Science / University of Salzburg.
    17–18 June: Workshop “Tatjana Afanassjewa and her legacy: New perspectives on irreversibility”
    On 19 June, 2017, Manfred Auer will hold a guest lecture on the subject of "A Confocal Nanoscanning - On-Bead Screening Platform (CONA) for basic and translational science" at the Grünen Hörsaal (403) of the NW Faculty. The Department of Molecular Biology invites you to attend!
    A workshop will be held on the topic of “Evidence, Uncertainty and Decision Making with a particular Emphasis on Climate Science”.
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 29.05.17 "Vergleichende Überlegungen zur römischen Herrschaftssicherung im mittleren Donauraum während des frühen Principats"
    30.05.17 KLANGKÖRPER – KÖPERKLANG. (RVO Experimentierraum Wissenschaft und Kunst)
    30.05.17 Kanonische Texte
    01.06.17 Politische Kommunikation in der Migrationskrise. Umrisse eines strukturellen Wandels der Öffentlichkeit
  • Uni-Shop
  • PRESS
  • University of Salzburg's facebook site University of Salzburg's twitter site University of Salzburg's flickr site