Doctoral Programme in Philosophy


The aim of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy is to thoroughly familiarize students with Philosophy, in particular with the subject of their independent dissertation, which also gives them experience in conducting research in their field. At the University of Tampere, the current fields of expertise are the research of human reason (including knowledge, mind and language), social philosophy, metaphysics (including social ontology) as well as history of philosophy from early modern and modern philosophy till twentieth century traditions.

The discipline of Philosophy at the University of Tampere aims to encourage interaction between various approaches (analytic, continental, pragmatist). Dissertations are written in various fields of philosophy – such as epistemology, logic, philosophy of language and literature, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, metaphysics and social philosophy.

Creating national and international networks and making use of them in research practices is an important part of the postdoctoral education in philosophy. The doctoral programme in Philosophy – which has close national and international connections – ensures that its graduates are equipped with sufficient general working life skills and that they can work in co-operation with other disciplines as well as are capable of conducting high-quality research in philosophy and providing instruction on the basis of their research. Graduates from this programme are employed in research, teaching, public relations and the publishing sector, and as experts required to conceive broad contexts (e.g. as specialists in science administration).

The professor in charge of the doctoral programme is Professor Arto Laitinen (

Published doctoral dissertations at the Faculty:

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Further Information

If you are interested in applying for the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, you can find our admission requirements on our Admissions pages.

Curricula Guide

Study Guide

Faculty-specific Forms and General regulations regarding degrees


Postal address:
Faculty of Social Sciences
33014 University of Tampere, Finland

Visiting address of the Faculty Office:
Kalevantie 5, Tampere
Linna Building
room: LINNA, 6th floor, 6055
email: socdoc(at)