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Why Philosophical Methods?

Because philosophy is Europe's greatest cultural enterprise, born in ancient Greece and developed continuously, unique in the world.

In particular, Genoa is home to faculty and researchers from diverse philosophical methodologies and interests, from hermenutics to analytic philosophy, from logic to philosophy of religion, from philosophy of science and language to philosophy of history and public ethics, philosophy of mind. Most of the faculty have close relationships with international research centers, especially in Germany, England, and the United States.

If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please fill out the short questionnaire for prospective enrollees. It will be helpful for us to understand what your expectations are and to refine our communication and orientation initiatives.


What will you study

The course has four curricula, of which you can see the introduction videos. The curricula are open, that is, you can develop a cross-curriculum pathway across the different curricula, although we recommend that you follow a single curriculum in order to have a true specialization.

The history-philosophy curriculum is the most traditional one, related to the perspective of teaching history and philosophy in high schools. The anthropology curriculum is aimed at work environments where cross-cultural competence is required, such as but not limited to managing the influx of non-EU nationals. The ethics-politics curriculum addresses the management of public ethics and social-political issues. The epistemological-cognitive curriculum is based on aspects more related to scientific thinking and cognitive science.

Among the teachings some are preparatory to others, so it is always useful to try to follow the time sequence indicated in the programs. Since there are several choices among the teachings, it is suggested that the profile of both the teacher and the subject be studied well before filling out the syllabus.

On the web you will have opportunities to browse about who your teachers are and what they teach. For more information you can visit the site of the Philosophy Section of the Department.

After graduation

On Stories of Success you can find profiles of three of our graduates as an example of the diversity of possible types of jobs (a British company specializing in cognitive science, a publishing house, and a human resources consulting firm).


Who is it?

Teacher of philosophy and history or philosophy and humanities in secondary school.

N.B. Having acquired, during the years of study, specific pedagogical, psychological and psycho-pedagogical skills, provides the master's degree graduate in Philosophical Methodologies with a good basis for accessing, through competition, the training provided to obtain the qualification for teaching support in secondary school.

What does it do?

He prepares students by introducing them to the study of the history of philosophy for the first time and accompanying them in the development of critical thinking, as well as providing them with the fundamentals of other disciplines depending on the school in which he or she teaches (to learn more read the requirements for teaching)

Where do you work?

He works mostly in high schools, but also at other institutions, in parochial schools, and, let's not forget, he also has to work at home preparing lessons and correcting homework.



Who is he?


A master's degree graduate who has pursued further studies with a Ph.D., for which a tough selection must be passed and has managed to gain access to further national or international selections. Genoa participates in a doctoral consortium in Philosophy with Pavia, Piemonte Orientale and Turin.
For students with a strong background in psychology, there is also the possibility of participating in the equally tough selection for the doctoral program in Social Sciences (curriculum in Psychology and Cognitive Science).

What do you do?

She conducts research in the most advanced areas of contemporary research, often in collaboration with international research centers, and teaches at a university.

Where does he work?

Depending on his ability, preparation and luck, he works at a public or private university institution, not necessarily in Italy.

Who is he?


No one knows today what the career outlets will be in 3 or 4 years in a world that is changing faster than in the last century, when jobs were fixed and established in advance The information technology revolution has disrupted the rigidity of the professions, and the philosophy graduate does not - fortunately - have a unique "profession," but is recognized as one of the graduates best suited to fit into a variety of new work contexts.

What do you do?

We also have different job profiles here, from human resources expert to multimedia content expert. He may find himself working in personnel selection and management or corporate reorganization, often after pursuing a "professionalizing" master's degree. Traditional fields include publishing, communications, cultural and entertainment industries, libraries and archives, which require both experience in new digital technologies and an understanding of the problem of categorizing large databases. Additional employment opportunities are related, subject to the attainment of specific specializations, to the fields of bioethics, cultural mediation, and various forms of philosophical counseling and existential guidance.

Where does he/she work?

In public and private companies; in the fields of cultural activities and policies in public administration (state, region, local authorities); in production and service companies, training and human resource management; in publishing houses, editorial offices, libraries, archives; as a freelancer.