Prof. Stevens on Stoicism

15 May, 2016; Invited lectures


Erasmus Admission

28 Jan, 2016; General

Admission for the Erasmus Programme Scholarships is open until 1st March 2016. Please find the detailed information HERE.


18 Jan, 2016; General


Meeting with the Erasmus Coordinator (25th Jan)

15 Jan, 2016; Erasmus

Each of you who thinks about applying for the Erasmus exchange programme should take part in a meeting with dr. Tadeusz Ciecierski who is the Erasmus Coordinator in our Institute. The meeting will take place on 25th January, from 17:45 to 18:15, in the room 4 (ground-floor). This meeting is arranged especially for Philosophy Studies in English students and is aimed at making you familiar with the Erasmus procedures as well as giving you opportunity to dispel all the doubts you may have regarding the exchange programme.

The Graduate School on Topological Philosophy

15 Jan, 2016; General

Are you a student or a PhD student in philosophy/mathematics? Interested in formal philosophy, logical philosophy or mathematical philosophy? Do you also appreciate traditional ontological problems? Do you want to know the latest philosophical insights in topological philosophy? We invite you to participate in a 2-day graduate-level course on topological philosophy. The Graduate School on Topological Philosophy will be held 6-7 February 2016 in Warsaw (Poland). Classes will be conducted by eminent specialists: prof. Thomas Mormann (University of the Basque Country (Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain), prof. Achille Varzi (Columbia University in New York) and Dr. Roland Zarzycki (University of Wrocław, Poland).


If you are interested in participating or would like to find out more, please contact Dr. Bartłomiej Skowron (bartlomiej.skowron(at)


We accept applications until 20 January 2016. It is not required knowledge of the topology. During the course the basic concepts of topology will be introduced.


More information:

Regarding SEMESTER essays

2 Dec, 2015; General

UPDATE: please follow the instructions that you’ve received in mail from USOS coordinator.


This year is the first year when you are supposed to submit SEMESTER (and not annual-as-usual) essays. USOS is not ready for that, so at the moment you will not find there something like “Semester essay” to register for. Hence, at the end of this semester, to pass the semester, you are supposed to submit to the Secretariat the grade from the semester essay in one of the following forms:

– either grade on paper (first page of your essay with a grade and tutor’s signature);

– or email from the tutor to .

USOS coordinator promised me that she will introduce semester essays to USOS asap. When it will be ready your grades from the first semester essays will be entered there.



PS. Please remember that semester essay is treated as every other philosophical subject: not passing it = not passing the semester, and then you have to apply for conditional passing of the semester (and that’s payable)

Linkage deadline

29 Oct, 2015; General

The extended deadline for dealing with the Linkage is USOS is 15th November.


For details concerning Linkage please read the Guide to Linkage in USOS

Health and Safety online course

22 Oct, 2015; General

Health and Safety online course


It’s open from 9th november 2015 to 10th February 2016. The “retake” last chance will be open between 3rd and 9th March 2016.

For not passing the course student is charged 200 zł.


International Seminar – Philosophy of Economy by prof. K. Stikkers

19 Oct, 2015; General

Department of Philosophy of Culture (IF UW) and the organizers of the “International Seminar” invites for a series of seminars on the philosophy of economics with special reference to its ethical and anthropological dimensions. The seminars will be led by

Prof. Kenneth Stikkers

(Southern Illinois University Carbondale).

Seminar 1: What Is Philosophy of Economics? The Current Economic Crisis as Moral Crisis 
(22nd of October)
This seminar, first, will outline what is entailed in a philosophy of economics, that is, the critical examination of the metaphysical, anthropological, epistemological, and ethical assumptions underlying economic theory.  It will then propose that current global economic crises are manifestations of fundamental flaws in orthodox economics, such that notions of economic growth, development, and well-being are increasingly divorced from human growth, deveopment, and well-being.  Thus, pronouncements by professional economists and policy-makers following them are increasingly detached from economic life as it is actually experienced by citizens, and economists and policy-makers are losing credibility.

  • Kenneth Stikkers, “What Is Philosophy of Economics?–Questioning the Foundations of Economic Orthodoxy,” from “Utopian Visions”
  • Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, “Executive Summary” to “Mismeasuring Our Lives”
  • Kenneth Stikkers, “Economics and the Crisis of Western Science”

Seminar 2: How Did Economic Science Separate from Moral Philosophy? – Diagnosing the Crisis
(29th of October)
This seminar aims to diagnose the historical roots of the current crisis by examining, first, how economic forces in the West broke free from traditional moral constraints and, second, how economic science correspondingly divorced itself from ethics.

  • Hilary Putnam, “Fact and Value in the World of Amartya Sen,” from “The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy”
  • Kenneth Stikkers, “The Great Matricide:  How Economic Science Murdered Moral Philosophy”

Seminar 3: Rethinking Economics as Moral Philosophy – Overcoming the Crisis
(3rd of December)
This seminar aims to open discussion regarding how economics mights be reconceived as a domain of ethics and thereby reroot its notions of growth, development, and well-being in human growth, development, and well-being.  Along with Sen, Stikkers will propose that Aristotle’s understanding of the connection between oikonomia and eudaimonia has much to offer us today, and along with economic anthropologists such as Marcel Mauss, Karl Polanyi, and Marshall Sahlins, Stikkers will suggest that we also can learn much from archaic economies rooted in sensibilities of gift and thanksgiving.

  • Amartya Sen, “The Ends and Means of Development,” from “Development as Freedom”
  • Kenneth Stikkers, “What’s an Economy Good for?–On the Relevance of Aristotle for 21st Century Econmics”
  • Kenneth Stikkers, “Economies of Scarcity and Acquisition, Economies of Gift and Thanksgiving:  Lessons from Cultural Anthropology,” from “Value and Values:  Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence”, ed. Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock

All meetings will take place in the Institute of Sociology, Karowa 18 St., room 403
Time: 4:30 – 8:00 pm
Contact: dr Przemysław Bursztyka (
dr Filip Kawczyński (

The seminar meetings are part of the “International Seminar” dedicated to students of the Institute of Philosophy but all interested (not only students) are welcome!

All readings are available here:


Seminar 1
Seminar 1
Seminar 1a
Seminar 2
Seminar 2
Seminar 3
Seminar 3
Seminar 3a

Extending Erasmus Info

13 Oct, 2015; General

Please find the information HERE