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Department of Philosophy

Our department has its origins in the creation, in 1955, of the Philosophy Section of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the former Literary University of Valencia. This fact brought many young lecturers to Valencia, initiating an unprecedented movement for the renewal of philosophy which, in the 1960s, spread to the rest of Spain, in parallel with the political and social transformations of the time. The impulse received by the philosophical studies in the departments founded later turned Valencia into one of the undisputed references of philosophy in the Iberian Peninsula.

In 2015, in order to comply with the Statutes of the Universitat de València, a process to unify the then existing departments of Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge and the departmental section of Moral Philosophy began, which culminated in 2016 with the creation of the new Department of Philosophy.

The Department of Philosophy is currently part of the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, which is located in the building of the former Faculty of Law. The department is in charge of teaching the degree in Philosophy and also offers several courses in the degrees in Classical Philology, Catalan Philology, Hispanic Studies: Spanish Language and its Literatures, English Studies, Modern Languages and their Literatures, Translation and Interlinguistic Mediation, Audiovisual Communication, History, History of Art, Pedagogy, Social Education, Nursing, Podiatry, Dentistry, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and Food Science and Technology.

With regard to the postgraduate stage, the Department of Philosophy is responsible for the Master's Degree in Ethics and Democracy (UV-UJI) and the Master's Degree in Contemporary Philosophical Thought. It also participates in the Master's Degree in Research and Development in Biotechnology and Biomedicine, the Master's Degree in Oncological Nursing, the Master's Degree in Social and Health Care in Dependency, the Master's Degree in Gender and Equality Policies and the Master's Degree in Secondary Education Teaching.

In addition, the Department of Philosophy coordinates a Doctoral Programme in Ethics and Democracy and another Doctoral Programme in Contemporary Philosophical Thought, and participates in an inter-university Doctoral Programme in Logic and Philosophy of Science. These programmes allow for the development of research training activities and the guidance of doctoral research projects that culminate in the defence of PhD thesis.

It is also worth mentioning the collaboration of the Department of Philosophy with institutional chairs and civil society organizations, as well as its collaboration with secondary education centres and high school students and teachers. In addition to the Itinerary in Philosophy and Humanities of La Nau Gran, there is a wide range of university extension courses, seminars, talks, workshops and conferences, open to anyone interested.

Despite all the progress made, many challenges have yet to be met. One of the main challenges faced by philosophy departments everywhere is to promote education in values, gender equality, training of talent and the transfer of knowledge, fostering employment insertion and social cohesion and promoting the value of social responsibility. Philosophy is indispensable for human development – it helps us to become aware of our own being, to think for ourselves, to take a stand, to generate knowledge and put it at the service of society, providing specific answers to the challenges posed by the current context.

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The Head and Secretary of the Department.