Doctoral School of Philosophy


Chair: Prof. Zoltán Gyenge DSc
Institute of Social Theory, Department of Philosophy
H-6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34.
Phone/Fax: +36-62-544-179
E-mail: gye@philo.u-szeged.hu


Application procedure

  • Application requirements: MA degree in Philosophy or Ethics/Aesthetics/Cultural studies/Theory of Religion, English language intermediate level certified by internationally accredited language examination (TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/Other), CV, research proposal
  • Application deadline: February
  • Application fee: 150 EUR
  • Registration fee: 200 EUR
  • Tuition fee: 3500 EUR/ 4200 USD
  • Entrance examination fee: 250 EUR
  • No candidate will be considered without a CV and a research proposal!

The School was founded in 2007 by Professor Dezső Csejtei, Department of Philosophy. Our program is an integral part of the development of nearly a century’s tradition of philosophical research at the University of Szeged, focusing on the history of Continental philosophy from the Ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages, Early Modernity and German Idealism to 20th century currents of philosophy such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, existentialism, applied philosophy, pragmatism, cultural theories and theory of religion.


Our programs are the following:

1. Metaphysics and Criticisms of Metaphysics

2. Ethics, Social Theory and Applied Philosophy

3. Theory of Art

4. Theory of Culture

5. Theory of Religion


These programs represent the institutionalized framework of our interdisciplinary profile, offering specialization on any of the above disciplines. Our speciality is variety in the tradition of Continental philosophy and in some current philosophical disciplines such as applied philosophy (environmental philosophy, bioethics, medical ethics), pragmatism, contemporary aesthetic thought, some aspects of analytic philosophy, cultural studies and philosophy of religion. For a range of topics currently offered for supervision by our faculty see:

http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=116&lang=EN&num=180

Supervision might also be provided for topics related to those enlisted in the above database, within the range of individual research of our faculty. Applicants wishing to pursue research on related topics should contact the prospective supervisor by e-mail well before the application.


Program descriptions

1. Metaphysics and Criticisms of Metaphysics 

Program director: Prof. Tamás Pavlovits DSc
Institute of Social Theory, Department of Philosophy
H-6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34.
Phone: +36-62-544-179
E-mail: pavlo@philo.u-szeged.hu


A more traditional profile of our School is represented by this program, in which students can explore traditional issues and prominent authors in Continental philosophy within research fields such as ontology, epistemology, hemeneutics, phenomenology, philosophy of science, existentialism, philosophy of history and the history of metaphysics. Courses and research topics entail the whole history of philosophy, with special regard to the critical awareness representatives of this tradition exhibited towards the tradition itself. Within this program we also include a more experimental research subject, cosmology, a subject that represents our interdisciplinary profile.

 

2. Ethics, Social Theory and Applied Philosophy

Program director: Dr. habil. József Simon
Institute of Social Theory, Department of Philosophy
H-6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34.
Phone: +36-62-544-179
E-mail: jsimon1974@gmail.com


This program entails ethical issues in historical and contemporary contexts. In terms of our interdisciplinary mission the Applied Philosophy module within this program must be highlighted as a relatively novel interdisciplinary subject in its own right. Our Department has organized various national and international conferences on Applied Philosophy in cooperation with the Biology Department of the University, a connection we would like to use for further joint projects. Our program in Applied Philosophy is currently unique within the country and thus we are proud of being the first institution in Hungary to offer graduate instruction for those interested in this dynamically developing discipline.

 

3. Theory of Art

Program director: Prof. Zoltán Gyenge, DSc
Institute of Social Theory, Department of Philosophy
H-6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34.
Phone: +36-62-544-179
E-mail: gye@philo.u-szeged.hu


This program also deserves special mention. Interdisciplinary cooperation within arts subjects at our Faculty has a longstanding tradition, in which the Department of Philosophy has played a major role. Our cooperation with members of the joint graduate program of various Departments of Literature has highly contributed to establishing a special program in which research and instruction concern general theoretical issues of art, including literature as well as fine art and theater.

 

4. Theory of Culture

Program director: Prof. Klára Sándor DSc
Department of Visual Culture and Literary Theory
H-6722 Szeged, Egyetem utca 2.

E-mail: sandork@hung.u-szeged.hu

This program offers educational and research possibilities for any subject related to critical philosophical reflection on various aspects of modern culture such as verbal and visual media, cultural representation, cultural differentiation, interculturalism, multiculturalism, cultural clash, cultural crisis, anti-cultural movements and globalization. We place special emphasis on approaching these issues from the perspective of philosophical reflection and critique of cultural phenomena from Bacon and Hobbes through Kant and Schiller to current critics of culture.

5. Theory of Religion

Program director: Prof. András Máté-Tóth, DSc
Institute of Social Theory, Department of Science of Religion
H-6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34.

E-mail: matetoth@sol.cc.u-szeged.hu

This program offers educational and research possibilities for the wide field of the theory of religion, starting with the philosophical theories of religion from the ancient classics in Europe and Asia, through the highly important periods of the Middle Ages, Enlightenment, and Modernity to contemporary issues of the continental and global approaches. The program is open to any theoretical oriented religious issues taken from the social sciences (e.g. sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology etc. of religion). Comparative research interests in the overlapping fields of religious studies and theology are especially welcome.

 

Faculty

The members of the School are internationally acknowledged scholars representing a wide range of research fields with plenty of scope for students to select from to suit their individual research interests. The School has a wide range of professional contacts both in Hungary and abroad and is embedded in international academic life in philosophy.

We have organized numerous national and international conferences and workshops and published collective volumes, regularly invite guest lecturers from various countries and are in permanent touch with foreign universities and research institutes from all over the world. Our professional experience guarantees that students will be offered expert thesis supervision and in many cases can successfully launch their careers in national and international academic life in philosophy or other related areas.

For the members of the School see:

http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=189&lang=EN&tip=O&diID=154

 

Sample courses:

Workshop course
PhD students present their works in progress (conference papers, essays, chapters of the thesis) and discuss them by the help of their supervisors and the seminar leader. The objective is to enhance students’ abilities of oral presentation and help them to refine the structure, argumentation and style of their written work in progress.

Research methodology seminar
The objective of this seminar is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of research methodology in philosophy through short written assignments related to their fields of research. The main methodological issues to be put to practice in the written assigments include outlining the theoretical and/or historical background of the issues addressed, enchancing the plausibility of the author’s approach, formulating clear theses, clarifying and refining arguments, and drawing plausible conclusions.

History and Metaphysics
The course discusses the survival and alteration of metaphysical issues in post-Hegelian philosophy of history in the oeuvre of Schopenhauer, Burckhardt, Nietzsche, Droysen, Dilthey, Simmel, Spengler, Heidegger, Jaspers, Bergyajev, Ortega, Ricoeur, Hempel, Dray, Atkinson as well as phenomenological criticisms of metaphysics by Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Lévinas, Lyotard, Deleuze and Derrida.

Phenomenology and Ethics in Contemporary French Philosophy
The course discusses phenomenological responses to contemporary moral issues in the work of Michel Henry, Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Lévinas and Jean-Luc Marion.

Environmental ethics
The course discusses two major trends of environmental ethics, the criticisms of Western ethical conception with its anthropomorphism and instrumental conception of nature and positive systems of environmental ethics with their competing representatives (Aldo Leopold, Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Baird Callicott, Paul Taylor, Hans Jonas) and movements (earth ethics, animal liberation, animal rights, biocentrism, ecocentrism, responsibility ethics).

Cross-Currents of Phenomenology and Philosophical Anthropology: Body and Art

The course discusses 20th century currents of anthropology (Plessner, Gehlen, etc.) and their phenomenological background (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty) with view to the philosophy of the body, which has had a major influence on art. Contemporary trends in visual culture and music are discussed in the context of the philosophy of the body, which offers an illuminating perspetive on issues of visuality, touching and auditivity.

Semiotics and Iconology of Artistic Expression
The course addresses theoretical issues in art such as What is a text? What is an image? What is poetry? What is art? through discussing major 19th and 20th century theories of semiotics and iconology (Peirce, Saussure, Cassirer, Warburg, Panofsky), structuralism (Jakobson, Eco) and representatives of the „image turn” (Belting, Baudrillard, Danto, Goodman, Mitchell).

Inter-Cultural Theatre: A Response to Globalisation
The course discusses historical preliminaries of multi-culturalism, cross-culturalism or trans-culturalism in connection with, among others, A. Artaud’s conception of theatre. Major representatives of inter-cultural theater (P. Brook, A. Mnouchkine, R. Schechner, E. Barba, Robert Wilson, Robert Lepage) are presented through their theoretical work as well as their productions.