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This week, the lecture halls and seminar rooms are already filling up again. Philosophy students at Swiss universities can look forward to exciting and interesting lectures, seminars and colloquia offered by the various philosophy institutes and seminars.


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Thematic focus presents a newly compiled list of thematic focuses. Find our article series on topics like animal ethics, transhumanisme, health, and human and nature here. The thematic focuses encompass a variety of articles of different authors from different fields.
If you would like to curate a thematic focus yourself, please contact us.



The series of talks "Philosophieren..." takes place once a month, always on alternate Sundays, at the Alpine Museum of Switzerland, the Dampfzentrale Bern or the Schlachthaus Theater Bern.

Inspired by current stage plays or exhibitions, questions are raised and controversies opened up with the help of a story or a thought experiment - for children (from four) and adults alike.

Read the latest contribution to the series, "Was ist normal?" here and find out more about the project and the upcoming events here.


The Trial & Execution of Socrates: Is Democracy A Tyranny?

In this article, Sarvesh Dwivedi formulates a critique of democracy and the majority principle, based on the trial and death of Socrates.





Neben allem auch nichts

With Lionel Thalmann's contribution to his interesting self-experiment, we have published another article on philosophy as an activity in addition to the philosophical weekly book.



Secondary schools

We continue to expand our 'Education' and 'Middle Schools' sections. This includes a list of introductory literature and two reviews of introductory works. Rafaela Scheiwiller reviews one of the most famous philosophical essays of the 20th century: "What is it like to be a bat?" by Thomas Nagel. Simon Kräuchi reviews Jonas Pfister's "Philosophy - A Textbook".

Events and Announcements

CUSO workshops

From Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September, the third of four CUSO workshops will take place. These workshops are aimed at philosophy doctoral students and show why the history of philosophy deserves the attention of analytic philosophers. The third workshop will deal with German Idealism, 19th century philosophy and the beginning of analytic philosophy. The fourth workshop on philosophy after 1945 will take place from 13 to 16 October. Further information can be found here.


Info event master's programme «Ethik» mit BBQ

The University of Lucerne is offering a new Master's programme as of fall semester 2023. Here you will find all the information about the info event on the 26th of September.






Issues in contemporary contractualism

ETH Zurich is organising a workshop on contractualism. From 13.10.22 to 15.10.22, the event can be attended free of charge and online or in person. The workshop will be opened by Thomas M. Scanlon. You can find all the information here.

Workshop on the Metaphysics of Location

On Wednesday 26 October, a workshop on the metaphysics of the logic of location, localisation and space will be held at the University of Geneva, organised by Claudio Calosi and Fabrice Correia. The provisional programme is on our event page. For further information, please contact Claudio Calosi.



Philosophy and racism

From 6.10.22 to 8.10.22, an international conference on philosophy and racism will take place in Münster at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. The focus lies on the question: "What contribution can philosophy make to dealing with racism?" You can find all the info here.




Michael Brady on "A Philosophical Approach to Improving Theorising about Post-traumatic Growth"

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne are jointly organising a lecture by Michael Brady on 11.10., which is open to all, and an associated workshop for doctoral students. Find out more about the details here.






Symposium - Psychotherapie und Gesellschaft in unruhigen Zeiten

From Friday, 04.11.2022, 4 p.m. to Saturday, 05.11.2022, 4:30 p.m., the C.G. Jung Institute will hold a symposium. You can find all the information here.


Job offers

The University of St. Gallen has announced a full professorship in Philosophy (100%). The application deadline is the 10th of October 2022.

The University of Geneva has advertised an assistant position in ancient philosophy for 2-4 years. The application deadline is the 1st of October 2022.



The Swiss Association of Philosophy Teachers at Secondary Schools has carried out a project on the question of how philosophy can be translated into pictures. The Bernese publishing house vatter&vatter and, the network platform for Swiss philosophy, are involved in the project. The project includes workshops in which image concepts for philosophical questions are developed in collaboration between image designers, philosophers and experts in the publishing industry and then graphically realised. Between the workshops, the interim results are made available online to other interested experts via for peer review. The results will flow into a prototype for a philosophical picture book.

More information on the project and the latest contribution entitled "Was weiss ich?" can be found here.

Refugees’ stories


In the latest contribution to the project Refugees’ stories, Die Integrationsproblematik in der Schweiz - Analyse eines Betroffenen, Özgür Barış Kiliç deals with the question of what integration means and how it is understood by the cantonal authorities..