Institute of Philosophy
Institute of Philosophy consists of four philosophy departments and the
ELTE-NYTK Centre for Theoretical Linguistics, the activities of which
are based on the cooperation between our institute and the Research
Centre for Linguistics (NYTK - part of the Eötvös Loránd Research
Network, formerly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). The research
group Autonomous Vehicles, Automation, Normativity: Logical and Ethical
Issues, financed by a grant of the National Research, Development and
Innovation Office, has been operating within our institute since 2018.
The Philosophy PhD programs offered by the Doctoral School of
Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, largely rely on the contribution
of faculty members affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy.
The Institute of Philosophy is well-integrated into the international scholarly community.
International workshops and conferences, as well as guest lectures regularly take place
in our Institute.
Bridging analytic and continental approaches
We value a diversity of approaches to philosophical research, and our course offerings
reflect this diversity. Whether you wish to learn and pursue research in analytic,
more traditionally Anglo-American methodologies or in originally more Continental methods or approaches,
or in topics and methods at their crossroads, our Institute offers cutting edge expertise
in contemporary philosophy. Analytic philosophy, phenomenology or existentialism,
for instance, can equally be studied here in various undergraduate and graduate programs.
Combining historical reflection with analytic rigor
Our Institute combines exceptional research strengths in the history of philosophy
- from ancient to early modern to 20th century philosophy - with research and training
in contemporary philosophical disciplines and methods. We are a unique community of inquiry
where research in contemporary philosophical disciplines can benefit from historical awareness,
and the study of the history of philosophy can benefit from the latest conceptual developments.
From foundational research to applied inquiry
Our Institute hosts courses and research projects on foundational issues in epistemology, ethics,
hermeneutics, metaphysics, phenomenology, philosophy of language and mind or political philosophy
- while we are just as commited to the pursuit of applied philosophical challanges raised by
emerging technologies, gender relations, or ethical issues in democratic politics, among other topics.
We believe in a fruitful interaction between foundational research as well as applied research driven
by and guiding technological and social innovation.
Two decades of experience in international education
Our MA and PhD programs in philosophy are available both in Hungarian and in English.
We have received many Erasmus students from various European countries over the past 15 years.
While we offer philosophy and ethics degree programs on the BA level in Hungarian,
these programs also offer several English language courses, attracting students from all over Europe
as well as from as diverse places as the Middle East, Central Asia or China.
More recently, many students from countries outside Europe have been studying in our programs
with Stipendium Hungaricum or through other channels. Our English-language Logic and theory of science MA program
was established in 2010. The English-language Philosophy MA program was accredited in 2020.
Our faculty members participate in the English-language PhD programs available in the Doctoral School of Philosophy.
The dual backbone of our degree programs in philosophy
The backbone of our philosophy programs (liberal arts BA with specialization in philosophy,
and MA in philosophy) is constituted by two clusters of courses. We offer courses
in the history of philosophy from the beginnings up to the present. Another cluster of courses is devoted
to a variety of philosophical topics within logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science,
ethics, political philosophy, and other fields. Our students have the opportunity to select both historical
and problem-centered courses depending on their research interests. In addition to traditional philosophical
problems, we offer courses on recent developments in science and in society, such as artificial intelligence,
automation or debates over gender gender roles.
Programs in theoretical linguistics
The ELTE-NYTK Centre for Theoretical Linguistics offers programs in theoretical linguistics on all three levels.
The BA program is a specialization in theoretical linguistics within the liberal arts BA program and there is
an independent MA program in theoretical linguistics. The PhD program in theoretical linguistics, which can also be
completed in English, is part of the Doctoral School of Linguistics.
Address: Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/I
Phone: +36 1 411 6500/5216; 485 5237
Homepage (in Hungarian): http://philosophy.elte.hu/institute/
Facebook (in Hungarian): https://hu-hu.facebook.com/ELTEBTKFilIn
Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
research topics pursued at the Department of Ancient and Medieval
Philosophy include Plato, Aristotle and the Peripatetic tradition,
Stoicism, Neoplatonism, and philosophy and theology in the Middle Ages.
The courses offered by the Department - apart from the ones on
Philosophy of religion - cover the history of philosophy from the
beginnings to the early modern period:
Presocratics to Plato
- Aristotle and the Hellenistic schools
- Philosophy in the post-Hellenistic period and in late antiquity
- Medieval philosophy
In addition to the core lectures and seminars just mentioned, we offer, from time to time, various
special courses on ancient metaphysics, ancient ethics, ancient science, and Medieval philosophy of mind,
to name just a few examples. Our courses do not presuppose knowledge of Greek or Latin, but advanced students
may rely on the guidance of our professors in this respect. The Department has been involved in the Ancient
and medieval philosophy doctoral program within the Doctoral School of Philosophy since 1995.
Address: Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University,
Faculty of Humanities, H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/I
Phone: +36 1 411 6500/5216 or 5497
Department of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
The Department of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy offers courses on a wide range of topics
from the Early Modern period up to the present both on undergraduate and on graduate level.
The topics discussed in lecture courses as well as seminars include:
- Renaissance and early modern philosophy
- German Idealism and after
- 20th century continental philosophy
- Contemporary philosophy
The Department co-operates with several programs of the Doctoral School of Philosophy
(Modern philosophy, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Ethics and political philosophy).
Address: Department of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy,
Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities, H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/I
Phone: +36 1 411 6500/5216 or 5200
Department of Logic
The Department of Logic at Eötvös University began its existence
in the 1970s as a group of philosophy faculty members working in the field of symbolic logic and
methodology of science. The founder and central figure of the group was one of the leading Hungarian logicians,
Professor Imre Ruzsa. As a separate unit, the Department was established in 1982.
The Department of Logic offers courses for both undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the Institute of Philosophy,
with a particular focus on the Logic and Philosophy of Science MA and PhD programs. The Department aims to bring together
faculty and students interested in a wide range of topics including:
- Philosophy of Mathematics
- History of Logic and Mathematics
- Philosophy of Physics
- General Philosophy of Science
- Analytical Metaphysics
- Philosophy of Language
- Formal Semantics
The Department of Logic enjoys strong cooperative relations with the other philosophy departments
of the university and with several science departments, including mathematics, physics,
and theoretical linguistics. It also has strong connections with the Set Theory, Logic and Topology Group
of Rényi Institute of Mathematics.
The Department organizes and hosts the weekly Logic and Philosophy of Science Seminar (LPS).
Address: Department of Logic, Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities,
H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/I
Phone/fax: +36 1 485 5237
Homepage (in English): http://philosophy.elte.hu/logic
Department of General Philosophy
The Department of General Philosophy offers courses for
both undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the Institute of Philosophy
as well as for the PhD programs of the Doctoral School of Philosophy, focusing both on practical
and theoretical philosophy. The Department brings together faculty and students interested
in a wide range of topics including:
- Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Social Sciences
- Philosophy of History
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Religion
- History of Analytic Philosophy
The Department of General Philosophy cooperates with the other philosophy departments of the university.
The members of the Deparment are engaged in a wide variety of research projects,
ranging from current issues in social philosophy and ethics, including applied ethics,
to analytic metaphysics and philosophy of mind, as well as philosophy of religion and the history of analytic philosophy.
Address: Department of General Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University,
Faculty of Humanities,
H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/I
Phone: +36 1 411 6500/5216 or 5442
ELTE-NYTK Centre for Theoretical Linguistics
The ELTE-NYTK Centre for Theoretical Linguistics has been responsible
for teaching theoretical linguistics at the BA, MA and doctoral levels at ELTE for 30 years.
Our work depends on the professional and financial support of the Research Centre for Linguistics
(www.nytud.hu): all members of the core teaching staff are active or emeritus researchers at the research centre,
which also provides the venue for teaching. Students of theoretical linguistics are thus given ample opportunity
to get acquainted with and participate in current research activities in various fields of linguistics,
by attending talks and conferences, or getting involved in research projects as research assistants or active members
(depending on their qualifications).
Our aim is to train professionals who are familiar with the general principles underlying the structure
of human languages as well as theories and methodologies used for the description and explanation
of the structure of particular natural languages, and can apply them creatively. The basic disciplines of linguistics
are in the focus of training: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. This is complemented by the
study of interface phenomena and adjoining academic fields, such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics,
computational linguistics or neurolinguistics, in order to enable our graduates to perform a wide range of l
inguistics-related tasks after graduation.
Research seminars are an important part of the training at all levels, where lecturers,
senior and postgraduate students discuss research findings and pursue joint research.
The core teaching staff includes specialists of all the major fields of modern linguistics.
Address: ELTE-NYTK Centre for Theoretical Linguistics, Research Centre for Linguistics,
H-1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 33.
Phone: +36 1 342-9372/6016
Facebook (in Hungarian): https://www.facebook.com/elmeletinyelveszet
Autonomous Vehicles, Automation, Normativity: Logical and Ethical Issues
group financed by the Thematic Excellence Programme 2020 of the
National Research, Development and Innovation Office. Principal
investigator: Zsófia Zvolenszky
The interdisciplinary inquiry entitled "Autonomous Vehicles, Automation, Normativity: Logical and Ethical Issues",
launched at the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities of ELTE in late 2018, focuses on normative issues
- such as responsibility, duty, obligation, rules, meta-rules, moral and legal expectations - concerning automated
technologies like autonomous vehicles. Beyond moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, deontic logic, philosophy of language,
considerations from psychology, anthropology, sociology, law allow for developing a more accurate,
nuanced picture of the ethical dimensions of automation.
Doctoral School of Philosophy
The Doctoral School of Philosophy, which involves faculty members
from various institutes across the Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös University (Institute of Philosophy,
Institute of Theory of Art and Media Studies, Institute of Art History, Institute of Ancient and Classical Studies,
Institute of East Asian Studies), offers doctoral studies in the following fields:
- Analytic Philosophy
- Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
- Art History
- Ethics and Political Philosophy
- Film, Media and Culture Theory
- Intercultural Philosophy
- Logic and Philosophy of Science
- Religious Studies
For further information, see https://www.elte.hu/en/doctoral-school-of-philosophy.