In theoretical philosophy, questions dealing with the possibility of knowledge are being addressed. Here the concept of truth as well as criteria of logically valid argument are of central importance. In practical philosophy, theories concerning values and norms relating to human action are studied and analysed. Concepts of rights, obligations, free will, and responsibility play a major role in these studies, as do questions concerning the contents of a good and meaningful life. Moral philosophy or normative ethics, in which concepts and problems related to right action are being analysed, as well as aesthetics, dealing with concepts of beauty and art, belong to practical philosophy. So does political philosophy, with its questions concerning human rights and a just society.
At Linnaeus University, philosophical teaching and research is centred around the subdiscipline of practical philosophy.
At Linnaeus University, four philosophy modules are given. The modules Philosophy of Science and Value Theory (7,5 credits) and Humanity, Society, and Philosophy (7,5 credits) are included in the course History of Ideas, Philosophy, and Social Theory (30 credits). The modules Morality, Meaning, and Extreme Circumstances (7,5 credits) and Communities, Cultures, and Rights (7,5 credits) are included in the course Studies of the International Society (30 credits). Both courses are included in the programme International Politics Studies: Specialization Political Analysis (180 credits).
Research in philosophy at Linnaeus University is conducted by Per Bauhn, Professor of Practical Philosophy. Per’s research interests are moral and political philosophy, with a special focus on topics such as human rights and personal morality. Per has also done research within the field of aesthetics.