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Info 2023/2024

Degree type
Master degree course
Duration and credits
Free access
Teaching mode
Taxes and fees
From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
International partnerships
Student exchange
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The course in brief


Philosophical thought is not monolithic: professors from different philosophical backgrounds teach in the undergraduate course, referring to both classical texts and the latest trends. The course offers four curricula: Historical-Theoretical, Epistemological-Cognitive, Anthropological-Cultural, and Ethical-Political. Thus it is possible to study historical-philosophical and theoretical topics, concerning ancient and modern cultures and their diversity, religions, ethics, politics, sciences, and problems of the logic of language and mind.

Learning by doing

The teachings are almost all seminar-based, with active student participation and different learning styles. One can learn how to study classical texts and how to deal with current discussions on cross-cultural, ethical or political issues; one can delve into new trends in studies on logic, language and theories of mind; one can participate in experimental research, with possible applications in cognitive science, with specific credit for internship activities.

Professional outlets

Many students enroll in this course to prepare for the profession of teaching philosophy or the humanities, but they find that the studies they have done can provide them with skills of open-mindedness, flexibility, and critical thinking, which are highly valued in different professional fields. One avenue is to pursue internships or professionalizing postgraduate master's degrees, with which philosophy graduates can find a variety of outlets, from staff training to IT content management, from publishing to business organization roles.

What you will learn

  • antropologia e dialogo interculturale

    come orientarsi tra diverse culture?

  • etica della comunicazione ed etica pubblica

    l'etica non è solo una questione individuale!

  • ermeneutica filosofica e teoresi filosofica

    come interpretare i testi che ci sono tramandati?

  • linguaggio e comunicazione: pragmatica e semantica

    come capire i sottintesi della comunicazione?

  • logica e scienze cognitive

    come ragioniamo?

  • filosofia e storia delle religioni

    cosa hanno in comune le diverse religioni?

  • filosofia della storia e filosofia pratica

    cosa ci insegna la storia?

  • psicologia e psicologia cognitiva

    come funzionano i nostri processi cognitivi?

  • storia della filosofia moderna e contemporanea

    quali correnti di pensiero ci hanno influenzato?

  • teorie della mente

    come funziona la mente?

  • teorie delle scienze esatte

    cosa ci dice la fisica contemporanea?

  • storia del cristianesimo

    quanto il cristianesimo ha influenzato la nostra cultura?


Variety and participation

It is one of the most varied courses among the master's degrees in philosophy in Italy. It ranges from modal logic to philosophy of religion, from discourses on virtues to philosophical semantics, from theoretical philosophy to cognitive psychology, from applied ethics to anthropology. Lectures are seminar-based in nature and active participation is required, including in-class presentations and written papers. Distance learning tools, such as aulaweb, are also used, which will be especially useful for working students. 

Skills and abilities

As the title of the degree suggests, the course aims to provide mastery of the various methodologies developed in the philosophical tradition and particularly in contemporary research, including research in the history of philosophy. The degree class is not aimed at training a single professional figure, but aims to achieve:

  • skills in the various philosophical methodologies, from the more properly logical and argumentative to hermeneutic-interpretive and historical-critical
  • ability to grasp the methodological aspects of the humanities, both in their educational aspect and in the contemporary development that connects them to the use of information technology tools
  • ability to grasp the methodological aspects of the natural and exact sciences and mastery of the problems of science popularization
  • competence in the field of intercultural and interreligious confrontation and in that of applied ethics, including the political dimension
  • knowledge of the problems of institutional and professional communication and application of information and communication technology
  • competence on cognitive skills in the processes of understanding and execution in different areas of work and research
  • interdisciplinary approach to the study of mind and behavior with emphasis on communication, problem solving, judgment and decision-making processes


The course offers the possibility of several internships in agreement with public and private institutions, which complement the training with 6 credits of 'other' educational activities. In addition to internships and apprenticeships, credits can be obtained through hours of attendance at seminars and conferences and collaboration in experimental work and working groups. Doctoral students' meetings to which master's students have access also count.


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Studying philosophy is a fascinating undertaking and requires commitment. You will find different styles of work in this course, but you will do the most important part: your ideas, your criticisms, your proposals will be essential to your and our future. There is study to be done, and some of the teaching may be difficult. But difficulty is a challenge to be overcome, to prepare yourself to enter a world that is bigger and more exciting than you can imagine.

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Where we are

Department of Antiquities, Philosophy and History - DAFIST

Educational Secretariat
. Via Balbi 4 - 3rd floor
16126 Genoa
+39 010 209 51444

Faculty offices
. They are located in both Via Balbi 4 - 2nd floor and Via Balbi 30 - 7th floor. 


The Bachelor of Philosophical Methods is an example of a distributed social object.

Lecture Rooms
. Lecture rooms are mainly located in Via Balbi and sometimes in Via Santa Sabina. Some lectures are held in Corso Andrea Podestà, at DISFOR, or in locations of other Schools.

. The philosophy library is located at Via Balbi 4 - 1st floor.

The venue for official meetings and seminars with students is the seminar room on Balbi Street 4 - 1st floor, next to the Library room. Two other, smaller seminar rooms are located at Via Balbi 4 - 2nd floor and at Via Balbi 30 - 7th floor.

. The Psychology and Cognitive Science laboratory is located at Via Balbi 6 on the mezzanine floor, which is met on the right as soon as you climb the first few steps. Other labs may be at DISFOR.

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Via Balbi 4 - ground floor
16126 Genoa
+39 010 209 51690

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