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Through the study of different philosophical doctrines and the debate around these doctrines, the Philosophy student at UFSC is well prepared for the academic and intellectual work – including readings, expositions, debates, writing – that seeks to give an answer to the philosophical inquiries about the human condition.

The core courses in the program are of two types: there are four courses in the History of Philosophy, which introduce the knowledge of philosophical doctrines from Antiquity to the present day, and twelve systematic courses on the various fields of Philosophy: Logic I and II, Theory of Knowledge, Ontology I and II, Ethics I and II, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy I and II and Philosophy of Language. Besides these compulsory courses, the student should also take elective courses in philosophy and other academic subjects.

The program offers two degree options: one with focus on research (bacharelado), which requires the writing of a final paper (TCC) about a chosen philosophical issue, and another with focus on teaching (licenciatura), which gives graduates a teaching license for secondary school education. To obtain this degree, students must take pedagogical courses and a teaching practice internship. Both degree options allows students to pursue graduate studies.

In order to be considered a scholar of philosophy, or even an original philosopher, holding an undergraduate degree is not enough. The philosophy practitioner must publish the results of his or her investigations and reflections in the form of articles and books, as well as participate in conferences.

Several research groups of the Department of Philosophy encourage students in this direction, such as the Center of Epistemology and Logic (NEL), dedicated to studies on human reasoning and the fundamentals of sciences; the Center of Ethics and Political Philosophy (NEFIPO), which seeks to justify moral and political decisions; the Center of Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Studies, which promotes knowledge of the medieval and classical Greco-roman thought, encouraging Greek and Latin language learning; the Center of Metaphysical Investigations (NIM), concerned with transcendental issues; and the Center of Philosophical Studies and Activities in Secondary School, which gives support to secondary school philosophy teachers. Because of the experience in these and other research activities, Philosophy graduates can also work for publishing houses and other cultural institutions, as well as translate philosophical works.


Program Length:
8 semesters
Faculty members:
27 Doctors
01 Specialist
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