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).

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    We would like to kindly invite all members of the department, especially all doctoral and master's students, to the YLSA/ÖGMBT Career Day for Biologists next week, Wednesday (28 February, 2018).
    Starting 1 March, 2018, an interdisciplinary series on the topic of "Migration, Labor Market and Social Policy" takes place at the Department of Labor and Business Law every Thursday between 17:00 and 20:00. The lectures focus on the topic of migration and the question of providing adequate answers regarding social policy challenges for state and society. The series consists of 13 contributions from a historical, political and jurisprudential perspective.
    On 1 February, 2018, the third-party-funded research project “TransMiK”, which is based at the Department of Education, started. The acronym stands for "Transit", "Migration" and "Köln", and makes reference to the theme of "Living and working in Köln (Cologne)". On-site guided interviews were conducted with 150 employees of the airport Köln (Cologne) / Bonn from the business division "Ground Services”.
    As many as 160 pupils closely followed a lecture on on topic of "Cybermobbing, hate postings & illegal downloads. The criminal law view on cybercrime and other phenomena in the WWW ". The criminal law expert of the University of Salzburg, Prof. Hubert Hinterhofer, provided information on when you make yourself punishable and how to protect yourself.
    Important dates and information regarding registration for the courses available at the Language Center during the 2018 Summer Semester. .
    Organized by the Department of Philosophy KTH and the International Ferdinand Ebner Society: on 8 and 9 March 2018 (University of Salzburg, Europasaal in Edmundsburg).
    Lecture at the 17th Austrian Archaeological Day on Monday, 26 February, 2018, at 19:00 in HS 230 (Kapitelgasse 4) by Prof. Dr. Ing. Andreas Schachner (German Archaeological Institute, Turkey).
    Patrizia Stoitzner will give a guest lecture on "Skin Dendritic Cells in Tumor Immunity" on 5 March, 2018, at 16:00 in the Grünen Hörsaal (403) of the NW-Faculty. The Department Biowissenschaften invites you to attend!
    DANIEL FULDA (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg) opens the public lecture series, AUFKLÄRUNG UND GEGENAUFKLÄRUNG: RELIGIÖSE POLEMIK GEGEN KUNST - KÜNSTLERISCHE POLEMIK GEGEN RELIGION.
    From 7 March 7 to 27 June, 2018, on Wednesdays, 18:00 – 19:30, the lecture series "Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment: Religious Polemic Against Art - Artistic Polemics Against Religion" will take place in the Unipark Nonntal with lecturers from different disciplines.
    On Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, the University of Salzburg cordially invites pupils, parents and interested parties to inform themselves about the wide range of courses offered. The program can be found here.
    Once again this year, the WissensNetzwerk Recht, Wirtschaft und Arbeitswelt, together with the Vienna Center for Legal Informatics (WZRI) of the University of Vienna, has organized the largest and most important scientific conference in Austria and Central Europe in the field of legal informatics: the International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS. The event will be held from 22 to 24 February, 2018, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Salzburg.
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    27.02.18 WTZ Training Days: Kreativ zum erfolgreichen Geschäftsmodell
    01.03.18 Ringvorlesung Migration, Arbeitsmarkt und Sozialpolitik - Perchinig, Minderheitenprogramm
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