Bachelor's programme in Philosophy



What is 'knowledge'? What is the difference between scholarly knowledge and other kinds of knowledge? What is a meaningful and good life for human beings? What is a just society? What is a work of art? What is beauty?

Philosophy seeks to find rational and consistent answers to questions related to nature, society, and human relationship to the world through thinking and dialogue.

When society changes, fundamental philosophical questions must be rephrased and reconsidered. For instance, transplant surgery and gene technology force new questions about human identity to emerge, as well as critically debates 'established truths' of 'what is right' and ‘what is wrong'. The development of art entails that questions of what signifies a piece of art must be continually discussed according to new premises. Our traditional view of humanity is also challenged by research within fields such as biology, language, cognition and nervous systems.

It is important to understand how different philosophers throughout the ages have expressed their questions, and how they have attempted to present adequate responses. Therefore, the history of philosophy has a central place in the field of Philosophy.

The bachelor's programme in Philosophy contains a thorough introduction to ancient, medieval, early modern and modern philosophy, in addition to logic, language philosophy and theory of science. Furthermore, the programme gives students the opportunity to become acquainted with different philosophers, or philosophical fields such as metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of consciousness and practical philosophy. On the intermediate level we offer courses within aesthetics, as well as ethics and political philosophy.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Practice the ability to ask basic questions traversing subject boundaries
  • Practice argumentation and analytical ways of thinking
  • Provide knowledge of ideas
  • Provide discussions of philosophical in a historical perspective
  • Provide knowledge of contemporary philosophical discussions
  • Contribute to creating a total perspective on humankind and the world

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Web: Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Visiting address:
Campus Dragvoll
Pavilion A, 1 floor
Loholt Allé 85

Postal address:
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
NTNU Dragvoll
NO-7491 Trondheim