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Info 2024/2025

Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-78
Classe delle lauree magistrali in SCIENZE FILOSOFICHE (PHILOSOPHY)
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language Italian
Teaching mode Frontale
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
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The course in brief


Philosophical thought is not monolithic: professors from different philosophical backgrounds teach in the degree program, referring both to classical texts in philosophy and to the most recent discussions in the contemporary philosophical landscape. The course offers four specializing curricula that have recently been revamped: Anthropological-Cultural, Epistemological-Cognitive, Ethical-Political, and Historical-Theoretical.

Learning by doing

The teachings are all highly specialist and cutting-edge, taught by experienced lecturers with international profiles who implement active and participatory teaching methodologies, with different learning styles. One can delve into classical texts and get to the heart of the latest philosophical discussions, straddling problems posed by the sciences and contemporary society. There is also the opportunity to benefit from study and research experiences abroad, numerous connections with national and international laboratories and research centers, and a specific research training course (PFR).

Professional outlets

Many students enroll in this course to prepare themselves 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 not only in academia, for continuation in a doctoral program, but also in different professional fields. One avenue is to follow postgraduate professionalizing internships or master's degrees, with which philosophy graduates can find various outlets, from staff training to IT content management, from publishing to business organization roles.

What you will learn

Curriculum antropologico culturale

Come vivere e interpretare le società complesse?

Curriculum epistemologico-cognitivo

Quali problemi nascondono le scienze contemporanee e le loro applicazioni sociali?

Curriculum etico-politico

Come comprendere e risolvere i dilemmi etici e politici della nostra epoca?

Curriculum storico-teoretico

Come si sviluppano i problemi filosofici attraverso la loro evoluzione storica?


Variety and participation

The master's degree program in Philosophical Methodologies is one of the most diverse courses offered by philosophy majors in Italy. In fact, the course offers as many as 4 highly specialized curricula. The anthropological-cultural curriculum explores the main philosophical problems that develop in connection with the different domains of human culture. The epistemological-cognitive curriculum investigates the relationships between philosophy and the various sciences, with special reference to the cognitive and life sciences. The ethical-political curriculum addresses the understanding of moral and political-social problems. The historical-philosophical curriculum delves into the major historical-philosophical traditions from a plurality of theoretical perspectives. Lectures are almost all 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 those who cannot attend. 

Skills and abilities

As the title suggests, the course aims to provide mastery of the various methodologies developed by both tradition and contemporary philosophical research. The graduate 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 natural sciences, with particular reference to the cognitive and life sciences, and mastery of the problems of scientific popularization
  • skills 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
  • 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


The course offers the possibility of several internships in agreement with public and private institutions, which complement the training with 3 or 6 credits of 'other' educational activities. In addition to internships and apprenticeships, credits can be obtained through hours of attendance at seminars and conferences, collaboration in experimental work and working groups, passing a computer skills test, or a period of study abroad. 


Maria Cristina Amoretti

The master's degree program in Philosophical Methodologies is ideal for strengthening critical thinking, understanding contemporary cultures, societies, and sciences, and anticipating the future


Maria Cristina Amoretti

Where we are

Department of Antiquities, Philosophy and History - DAFIST

Via Balbi 2, 4 and Via Balbi 30 - 7th floor. 

Lecture Rooms
. Classrooms are mainly located in Via Balbi. However, some lectures are held in locations of other Schools, especially with regard to borrowed courses.

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

The venue for official meetings and seminars with students is the seminar room at Via Balbi 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 Language and Cognitive Science laboratory is located at Via Balbi 2.

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Humanities Student Single Desk

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

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