Main research areas:
- Questions of metaphysics, both in a contemporary and historical perspective
- issues about the freedom of the will
- ancient metaphysics and philosophy of nature
- modality in early modern philosophy
- The philosophy of mind
- arguments against physicalism and externalism
- Political philosophy
- Ethics and Metaethics
The FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network PETAF is the first research and training network exclusively in philosophy ever to be financed by the European Commission. It aims to serve as a European research and training platform for joint philosophical research on perspectival thought, its linguistic expression and its consequences for our conception of objective, mind-independent reality. PETAF’s research programme, which runs for four years (2010-214), addresses both general issues in metaphysics and in logic and semantics and specific issues in more specialised areas in which perspective-bound cognition plays a pivotal role, i.e. the philosophy of space and time, the philosophy of alethic and epistemic modality, the philosophy of subjectivity and consciousness, and the philosophy of norms and value.
The members of the PETAF training network are:
- Universitat de Barcelona
- University of St. Andrews
- Université de Genève
- École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
- University of London
- Stockholms Universitet
- Central European University
- University of Aberdeen
In September 2011, CEU hosted a PETAF workshop on Subjectivity.
CEU is a founding member, and currently the coordinator of the Philosophy of Language and Mind Network. PLM is a network of philosophical centres, institutes, and departments in Europe.
The main purposes of PLM are to further philosophy of mind and language in Europe generally, and to provide a platform for cooperation between members, primarily in research, but possibly also in research training. This involves e.g. making use of PLM for joint applications to funding organisations.
The members of the PLM network are:
- Arché, St Andrews
- Department of Philosophy, CEU, Budapest
- CLLAM, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University
- CSMN, Oslo
- ILCLI, University of the Basque County, San Sebastian
- ILLC, Amsterdam
- Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
- Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr University Bochum
- Institute of Philosophy, University of London
- LOGOS, University of Barcelona
- NIP, University of Aberdeen
In September 2013, CEU will host the second PLM conference.
This project aims to undertake an in-depth study of the following two questions in philosophy and the history of philosophy.
- How do human beings differ from other natural beings?
- How do human beings differ from other natural beings? What are the functions, special traits and characteristics that distinguish human beings from objects and other living creatures?
Towards a “Topography” of Tolerance and Equal Respect.
A comparative study of policies for the distribution of public spaces in culturally diverse societies.
Tolerance has been increasingly invoked as the inspiring ideal of a number of social policies in European democracies. Appeals to tolerance have animated especially the political debates on those policies addressed to accommodate minorities’ requests. Among such requests those for the allocation of public spaces have recently acquired pride of place in the political agendas of many European and extra-European countries (e.g. the allocation of space for Roma sites; Muslims’ requests to build places of worship and housing policies for migrants). Despite such a generalized political and societal relevance of the notion of tolerance, some problems may occur when policies inspired by it are implemented. In particular, the implementation of tolerance-inspired spatial policies may result in the marginalisation of differences and thus risk undermining social cohesion. What conception of tolerance may be invoked to limit such a risk?
To answer this question, we shall test the hypothesis that grounding tolerance on equal respect for persons may contribute to the development of spatial policies capable of resolving the tensions between tolerance and social cohesion in culturally diverse societies. In particular, the project pursues 4 objectives:
- to develop a conceptual taxonomy to clarify the relations between tolerance, respect and spatial issues;
- to study the ways in which appeals to tolerance have informed the development of spatial policies;
- to investigate the influence of cultural diversities on the interpretations of tolerance in different national contexts;
- to extrapolate from the above studies an overall view of the connections between tolerance and equal respect.
Our findings will be of interests to national CSOs, European, national, regional and municipal authorities, as well as to the international academic community engaged in the study of urban integration in different social, religious, cultural, and political contexts.
Lectures by our faculty members: