The Faculty of Philosophy was established on 1 September 1860, by the Budget Law, at Ion Maiorescu’s proposal. At the time, it was called The Philosophical Faculty and its curriculum would include philosophy, history of Romania, classical literature, Latin and Greek.
The Faculty of Philosophy is an essential institution for Romanian higher education and culture. In 1864, it became a founding faculty of the University of Bucharest, pursuant to the establishment resolution issued by Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. Titu Maiorescu, Constantin Rădulescu Motru, Dimitrie Gusti, Nae Ionescu, P.P. Negulescu, Ioan Petrovici, Mircea Florian, Tudor Vianu, Grigore Moisil were some of the scholars who lectured here. Between 1864 and 1893, the Faculty of Philosophy functioned together with the Faculty of Humanities as Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy. As from 1893, it became the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities.
Following the educational reform in 1948, the Faculty of Philosophy included departments of sociology, psychology, pedagogy and journalism. Starting 1977, the Faculty of History-Philosophy included a department with the same title. It was only after 1989 that the Faculty of Philosophy regained its distinct status within the organizational structure of the University of Bucharest.
Over 600 students are currently enrolled in the Faculty’s programmes at all three study levels. Our students obtain their BA in Philosophy within the modules of History and Philosophy of Culture, Theoretical Philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy and European Studies. At MA level, the Faculty of Philosophy offers a number of programmes designed to respond to complex societal requirements: Applied Ethics in Society, Business and Organizations, International Development Studies and Ethics of International Relations, European Studies and the Ethics of International Relations, History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas, History and Philosophy of Science, Art History and Philosophy of Culture (with the Faculty of History), Analytic Philosophy (in English), Globalization and Cultural Diplomacy (in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin), Intercultural Management (in English), Intercultural Communication (in English), Master of Business Administration (in English), OPEN MIND – Cognitive Sciences (in English), Analytic Philosophy with a Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy (in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin).
The UNESCO Chair for Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges, recently a part of the Faculty of Philosophy, has been organizing three MA programmmes in English. All three programmes benefit by the know-how of prestigious professors and experts from universities and research institutes abroad. Some of the international partners of the UNESCO Chair are: the Universities of Fribourg, Hamburg, Dortmund, Geneva, the Pasquale Paoli University of Corsica and the Swiss Institute for Sustainable Management.
The UNESCO programmes provide students with innovative educational experiences and train specialists in intercultural management and intercultural communication, offering prospective graduates a wide range of courses in the fields of philosophy, history, sociology, political science and cultural diplomacy. The MBA graduates acquire essential managerial skills – leadership, human resource management, entrepreneurship – in a learning environment focused on strenghtening the dialogue between cultures.
Graduates of the Faculty of Philosophy work in education and research, as well as in areas where critical, explanatory, interpretive and decision-making skills are required at creative level, in analysis, research, innovation and development, consulting and political analysis, ethical consulting, organizational management, communication, journalism, administration, etc. Graduates, of various generations, are working in prestigious universities – Radu J. Bogdan (Tulane University), Vladimir Tismăneanu, (University of Maryland), Adrian Miroiu (SNSPA), Sorin Băiaşu (Keele University), Sorin Bangu (Cambridge University), Alex Preda (University of Edinburgh), in high schools from Bucharest and all over the country – Mihaela Găvănescu, Gabriel Săndoiu, Dan Petrache, in international organizations – Dakmara Georgescu (UNESCO), Gabriel Ivan (British Council), or as ambassadors (Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban). Other graduates are well known in literature and the arts, in the public discourse – Matei Vișniec, Călin Vlasie, Elena Ștefoi, Stelian Tănase, Cristian Pârvulescu, Cristian Preda, Alexandru Radu, Anda Onesa, in media and TV – Dana Deac, Raul Florea, Andreea Ofiţeru, Simona Soare, Cătălin Bălan, Dan Suciu, or as managers of top companies.
Each semester, the Faculty benefits by the presence of guest lecturers from European and US universities. Recently, lectures and presentations were given by Roger Crisp (University of Oxford), Peter Anstey (University of Syndey), Axel Gosseries (University of Louvain la Neuve), Gabriel Sandu (University of Helsinki), Ion Vezeanu (Lyon).
Various research centres operate within the Faculty of Philosophy: the Centre for the Study of Rationality and Beliefs, the Centre for Research in Logic, Philosophy and History of Science, the Centre for Research of the History of Philosophical Ideas, the Centre for Phenomenological Studies, the Centre for Research in Applied Ethics, and the Research Centre for Intergenerational Justice, Social Responsibility and Sustainability. The Faculty of Philosophy is strongly interested in the development of philosophical research in the most recent international directions. The Faculty of Philosophy publishes the international journal for philosophy and ethics Public Reason, and also the Romanian Journal for Analytical Philosophy, as well as the Annals of the University of Bucharest – the Philosophy series.