The word philosophy (φιλοσοφία) comes from Greek and was formed by the composition of two other words - the verb filein (φιλειν) to "love" and the noun sofia (σοφια), ie "knowledge", "cognition" or "wisdom. That is why philosophy is usually translated as a love of wisdom. Philosophy as such is relatively difficult to define because it has changed in history and because there are a number of different, incompatible, philosophical opinions. At present, there is a clear tendency in some circles to perceive it as a disguised discipline that has little to offer. Philosophy is probably not a general guide to solving all the current problems, but it is a useful way of teaching because it teaches independent and critical thinking without which today we are unable to orientate in a vast amount of information and in almost unlimited possibilities.
The Department of Philosophy ("KFI")of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen provides teaching and research in philosophy, especially the history of philosophy, philosophical anthropology, epistemology, philosophy and methodology of natural, humanities and technical sciences, logic, philosophy of cognitive sciences, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion and religion.
The research activities of our department focus on two research areas. The first consists of the philosophical, theoretical and historical aspects of science (history of science and technology, philosophical study of theoretical and historical dimensions of scientific activity). The second research area are philosophical problems of education in the context of philosophy and history of science, aesthetics, history of philosophy.
The department ("KFI") guarantees the two study programs: 1) Philosophy, 2) Humanities.
In the program of Philosophy the department offers:
- Bachelor degree in Philosophy;
- Follow-up master degree in Analytic philosophy and Philosophy of science.
In the program of Humanities the department offers:
- Bachelor degree in Humanities;
- Follow-up master degree in European Cultural Studies ;
- Follow-up master degree in Theory and Philosophy of Communication;
- Ph.D. degree in Theory and History of Science and Technology.
For the students of University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, the department provides the segment of humanities dealing with philosophy and interdisciplinary approach to particular problems. The department also participates in the program of lifelong learning and develops philosophy as an important means of humanization in West Bohemia.
Structure of the department:
- Section of Philosophy (Head: PhDr. Radim Kočandrle, Ph.D.)
- Section of Humanities (Head: PhDr. Martina Kastnerová, Ph.D.)
- Research Center for Theory and History of Science (Head: PhDr. Radim Kočandrle, Ph.D.)
- Research Center for Middle-European Culture Studies (Head: PhDr. Miloš Ševčík, Ph.D.)
- Department coordinator for the Erasmus program (PhDr. Jana Černá, Ph.D., e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)