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Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences

The Chair of Aesthetics

Head of the Chair: Professor Anna Jamroziakowa, Ph.D. Hab.

The focus of the research in the Chair of Aesthetics is on the philosophical basis of art, concepts of aesthetics and works of specific artists. We explore these areas in an interdisciplinary way, especially through the tools of axiology, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of culture. In particular, we develop the aesthetical-philosophical concepts of “anticipation of indifference” and “retrospection of indifference” as well as their application in relation to specific works of art. The current research projects in the chair includes, among other, four distinct strands. Aesthetic experience and contemporary art in the light of Martin Heidegger’s, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s and Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutics. The concept of “integral knowledge” in the perspective of pragmatic aesthetics as well as aesthetic experience in abstract art and Wassily Kandinsky’s creativity in the light of Michel Henry’s phenomenology.

The Chair of Epistemology and Cognitive Sciences

Head of the Chair: Professor Krzysztof Brzechczyn, Ph.D., Hab.

The trademark of scientific research developed in the Chair of Epistemology are concepts initiated by Leszek Nowak, mainly: idealizational theory of science, non- Marxian historical materialism and anthropological foundations of the social theory. The new research topics are cognitive sciences. Krzysztof Brzechczyn is interested in application of idealization in historical research and employs models from non-Marxian historical materialism for interpretations of historical and present socio-political processes. Piotr Przybysz reconstructs some key concepts in political philosophy (Rawls) by the use of notion apparatus of idealizational theory of science. He also employs some models taken from the cognitive sciences in reconstruction of mechanisms of the social cognition. Maciej Błaszak is interested in cognitive dimensions of the rationality of man and decision processes. The scientific output of research are presented in some volumes of  “Poznań Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities [link: http://www.brill.com/products/series/poznan-studies-philosophy-sciences-and-humanities]  

Chair of Ethics

Head of the Chair: Associate Professor Ewa Nowak, Ph.D. Hab.

Chair of Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, AMU Poznań, permanently offers foreign visitors incl. ERASMUS` its multidisciplinary support, tutorials and seminars in the following research areas/topics:  – Philosophical, biomedical, professional and institutional ethics; – Philosophy of law & normative approaches to public spheres (democratic legitimisation of the European Union and the problem of its democratic deficit; theory of the European law; the European self-constitutionalisation; the doctrine of division of powers within the European framework; the European economic constitutionalisation and the problem of justice in the EU; the emergence of transnational public spheres in the EU; the question of the European Public Reason; democratic legitimisation of judicial rulings’ influence on the system of law-making; theory of discourse applied to the democratic society; transformation of communicative power into administrative power; – Approaching and fostering moral-discursive competencies for individuals, relationships, democratic societies, professions, and institutions; – Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (in collaboration with co–researchers worldwide); – Ethical inquiry; – Morality as a cognitive competence; – Postconventional morality; – Moralität vs. Sittlichkeit; – Alterity, philosophical therapy, Art Brut; – Hospitality and cosmopolitanism; – Strengthening embodied self and intercorporeality in technological era (non-reductionist approach, medical humanities); – Theory of action, praxiology, metaethics.

 The Chair of Logic and Methodology of Science

Head of the Chair: Professor Paweł Zeidler, Ph.D., Hab.

The main research fields are: philosophy and methodology of empirical sciences, especially chemistry and medical sciences; methodological analysis of models and metaphors as research tools in science; theory of information; theory of truth; semantical analysis of counterfactual conditional; erotetic logic and its applications; theory of analogy; theory of opposition (logical triangles, squares, hexagons and octagons) and its applications; methodology of the humanities, especially analysis of anti-irrationalism; semantic epistemology; history of logic; diachronic logic; Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz and his legacy.

Chair of Philosophical Anthropology

Head of the Chair: Professor Ewa Piotrowska, Ph.D., Hab.

The Chair was established in October 2010. Its activity is closely related to its educational profile and research problems of the Department of Philosophy as well as inspired by educational and research projects carried out by it. Within the scope of the activity of the Chair, research on human philosophy (with particular attention being paid to development trends in Germany and the Nordic countries and Eastern thinking), philosophy of life, social constructivism, Ethnomathematics and cognition of the Universe is conducted.

The employees of the Chair give lectures inter alia on human psychology, modern philosophical anthropology and conduct PhD seminars on philosophical anthropology for doctoral students of the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

On the initiative of the employees of the Chair among others Polskie Towarzystwo Antropologii Filozoficznej (Polish Association of Philosophical Anthropology) was established, which is involved in scientific and popularizing activity.

Chair of Philosophy of Culture

Head of the Chair: Professor Anna Pałubicka, Ph.D., Hab.

The Chair of Philosophy of Culture investigates culture in its broad (academic) sense that covers all kinds of activities of human societies ranging from economy and politics, to science and art. Within a research field outlined in the abovementioned way we are particularly interested in five following issues.  Firstly, we study the economy and economics from the perspective of philosophy of economics, and examine contemporary projects that aim to modify global capitalism in order to decrease social inequalities and increase general level of well-being. Secondly, we explore the philosophical issues of the presence of robots in the Western culture. Thirdly, we consider the condition of contemporary art, particularly by asking about the possibility of engaged art nowadays – in this regard our studies involve some subjects typical for philosophy of art. Fourthly, we look into the topic of relations between scientific knowledge and political power and therefore our studies are connected with the perspective of philosophy of politics. Fifthly, we conduct research that concern the determinants and conditions of functioning of higher education in the globalized world.

Chair of Philosophy of Technology and Development of Civilization

Head of the Chair: Associate Professor Sławomir Leciejewski, Ph.D. Hab.

The main field of interest of scholars involved with the Chair of Philosophy of Technology and Development of Civilization is the analysis of the impact of technical products (mostly computers) on the development of society. We examine philosophical consequences of research practice of computer-assisted empirical sciences as well as ethical and methodological aspects of the development of these sciences. We also analyze the influence of cultural factors and ideological convictions on scientific knowledge as well as issues concerning the formation process of research practice in laboratory sciences.

In other words, the scope of research conducted by our Chair encompasses: philosophy of technology, philosophy of computer science, philosophy of information and philosophical analyses of the development of civilization.

Chair of Public Philosophy and Philosophy of Law

Head of the Chair: Associate Professor Piotr W. Juchacz, Ph. D. Hab.

Team: Dr. Mateusz Bonecki, Dr. Paweł Mazur, Dr. Tomasz Raburski

Research problems undertaken by the team of scholars gathered in the Chair of Public Philosophy and Philosophy and Law focus on analysis of the institutional arrangements of democratic society, first of all the institutions of legislative and judicial powers. We pay special attention in our research to the political circumstances of legislative deliberation and judicial deliberation. Major areas of our research interest encompass:  1) democratic legitimization of the system of law-making with special emphasis on the process of legitimization of adjudication; 2) judicial application of the law in the context of contemporary social theory, social philosophy and sociology of knowledge with the special attention to the problematics of subsumption as a process of connecting spheres of facts and norms;  3) judicial discretion in adjudication and justification of moral evaluations in the context of uniformity of the system of adjudication; 4) legal and political legitimization of institutions (e.g. courts, parliaments); 5) citizens’ participation in the processes of adjudication, particularly an enquiry concerning the institution of lay-judges in Polish courts; 6) role of cognitive functions in complex adaptative systems.

Chair of Social and Political Philosophy

Head of the Chair: Associate Professor, Andrzej Wawrzynowicz, Ph. D., Hab.

Scope of research: (1). Philosophical-historical analysis of structural relationships between the political and religious contexts of social life. (2). Investigation into the ideological transformation of Hegelianism in the Polish philosophical systems of the 19th and 20th centuries. (3). Analysis of the problem of practical application of theoretical models of public culture. (4). Enquiry into the dynamics of transformation of transparency in the public sphere from the viewpoint of political aesthetics. (5). Investigation into the problem of ethnocentric factors underlying historical consciousness in intercultural context.

Chair of Teaching and Learning of Philosophy and Social Sciences

Head of the Chair: Professor, Roman Kubicki, Ph. D., Hab.

Chair of Teaching and Learning for many years is into the preparation of students (I, II and III degree) to the role of teachers in such subjects as: ethics (primary and post-primary education), philosophy (upper secondary school), philosophy and communication (innovative subject proposed for IV-VI grades of primary school and junior high school), social studies implemented as a part of history and society subject (primary and post-primary education). Apart from the educational activity, the Chair staff conduct research, popularize the knowledge and cooperate with other scientific institutions around the world.

UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy

Head of the Chair: Professor Marek Kwiek, Ph. D., Hab.

Our unit is doing advanced research in the area of higher education research and higher education policy, especially in cooperation with international partners and through international research projects. Our major areas of interest include: university management and governance, university funding, academic profession, academic entrepreneurialism, higher education reforms (especially in Central and Eastern Europe), higher education legislation, globalization and higher education, Europeanization, and public services/welfare state.

The research Team of Piotr Leśniewski and Katarzyna Gan-Krzywoszyńska

The main areas selected for our research are: contemporary philosophy of dialogue, general theory of analogy and its applications in philosophy and the humanities, erotetic studies in the foundations of the humanities, contemporary Latin-American thought, Jorge Luis Borges as dialogical thinker, systematic reconstructions of axiological competences of diverse groups and participants within intercultural spaces, concepts of culture of memory, injustice and victimology by Reyes Mate, idealizational models of rational and non-rational behavior in conflict and post-conflict situations, fair procedures of reconciliation, the analogical hermeneutics by Mauricio Beuchot, the analectic method and the philosophy of liberation by Enrique Dussel, the legacy of Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz and its developmental prospects (studies on semantic epistemology and diachronic logic in particular).

The Scholarly Communication Research Group

Contributing Researchers: Emanuel Kulczycki, Aneta Drabek, Ewa A. Rozkosz, Marek Hołowiecki

Group is led by Dr. Emanuel Kulczycki at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The group was established in 2016 by the decision of the Head of the Institute of Philosophy. Our research on scholarly communication and research evaluation addresses all aspects of the knowledge dissemination. We study how the researchers communicate their research and how scientific publications are evaluated, especially in the social sciences and the humanities. We are interested in what shapes publishing practices and how research evaluation systems transform the knowledge dissemination.