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Istituto di studi filosofici - ISFI

Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossom, 1890 (detail)

The Institute of Philosophy aims to promote cutting edge research in philosophy and run innovative teaching programmes.


Besides research and teaching, the Institute also fosters the public understanding of Philosophy mainly through the organization of public lectures, public events, and courses open to the general public. During the last few years, such events have been devoted to topics such as the philosophy of time, artificial intelligence, emotions, the nature of the self, literature, free will, quantum mechanics, relativity theory, and cosmology.

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  • Turning points in the history of ISFI

    Since the a.y. 2022/2023, ISFI, the Institute of Philosophy at USI-FTL, comprises the following three programmes: Bachelor of Arts in FilosofiaMaster of Arts in Philosophy, PhD in Philosophy. This table recaps the steps taken to reach this point. 


    a.y 2003/2004 First signs of a Bachelor of Arts in Filososofia (BAF) at the Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano (FTL).
    Jan. 21, 2004  The Faculty Board of FTL establishes the Istituto di filosofia applicata (ISFA).
    Nov. 01, 2006 The Gran Cancelliere FTL (S.E.M. Pier Giacomo Grampa) establishes the Istituto di Studi Filosofici (ISFI) as permanent and structural part of the Faculty, making it one of what will be later called Unità accademiche FTL.
    a.y. 2017/2018 The Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAP) is offered for the first time at USI-COM. 
    May 06, 2021 FTL and USI sign an agreement making FTL a Faculty affiliated to the Università della Svizzera italiana. 
    May 24, 2022  USI and FTL sign an agreement transferring the Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAP) from USI-COM to USI-FTL, effective from the a.y. 2022/2023.
    a.y. 2022/2023 The PhD in Philosophy (PhD. Phil.) is offered for the first time at USI-FTL.