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    Professor Pascal Aubry
  • Bachelor of Philosophy and Ethics

    Faculty Philosophy and Ethics
    Institute Philosophy and Ethics
    Philosophy is often not considered a proper science as it involves the study of thinking, where meaning and object are identical. The question of how we recognize (philosophy) validates the question of how we take responsibility expediently (ethics). The contribution of philosophy and ethics to science is to clarify terms and concepts.

    Study content and structure, career prospects

    Apart from the criticism of terminologies and theoretical conceptions, philosophy deals with the basic questions of man and his position in the world in a fundamental way that cannot be found elsewhere. Philosophy endeavors to maintain a significant level of rational distance from any given state of affairs. That means it does not consider a certain personal value attitude nor the principles of a religion or an ideology. Instead, it relies on the natural laws of thought to define and demarcate the boundaries of human cognition, distinguishing itself from religion. As the saying goes, ‘philosophy leads from myth to logos,’ elucidating the point at which one can justifiably assume responsibility. Philosophy is taught across epochs and cultures. The aim is not only to understand seemingly outdated topics such as hermeneutics or idealism but also to examine the extent to which they make a clarifying contribution to current debates. The structure of the program is as follows:


    During the Bachelor’s program, students acquire a general grounding in philosophy. In particular, this includes logic and the history of philosophy and ethics. In the Master’s program, students deepen and specialize in practical philosophy, theoretical philosophy, and again in the history of philosophy.


    A degree in philosophy and ethics offers a wide range of opportunities in education. Regular philosophy is still taught at secondary levels 1 and 2. In addition, the subject of cultural ethics has replaced religion. Philosophers also find employment in adult education at adult education centers and academies. Some companies hire academic philosophers to review their structures ethically or as advisors and impulse-givers in management, consulting, and controlling. Depending on the topic, political commissions rely on philosophers as ethicists. In the media sector, there is also an accommodation for these experts in various ways. This applies to print media as well as electronic media. Furthermore, consulting and even therapy can be offered in the form of a philosophical practice.

    The Study Program in Brief

    Tuition fees amount to CHF 13,300 for the entire Bachelor’s program, including enrollment fees. In addition, there are costs for the teaching materials, which vary depending on the subject, and travel to the oral and written final examination in your area.

    Students who have successfully completed their schooling are generally eligible for admission to our distance learning university. Depending on the course of study, additional prerequisites can be defined; this is evident in the detailed study information and during registration. An equivalency procedure can be applied in case of a missing degree. There will be a written exam after each module (semester). In order to enter the next higher module, the initial examination must be successfully passed (propaedeutic).
    The Master’s programs are only open to students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Those with an equivalent degree are asked to send their documents to the Rector’s Office by mail or by post.

    The length of study depends on the desired workload and the payment made. We will be happy to create a personal study plan for you.


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