Fully Funded PhD programme in Philosophy 2017, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

Publish Date: Apr 27, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, as part of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pardubice, invites applications for its fully funded PhD programme in Philosophy.

Supported by a major multi-year grant from the European Research Development Fund, the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Valuebrings together an internationally diverse group of researchers who conduct cutting edge research on issues surrounding the distinctive value of human life, and the ways in which this value may be either recognised or overlooked in both personal and political contexts. The Centre's aim is to develop a conception of the nature and value of humanity and to apply it to a range of personal and political issues, including attitudes towards marginalised groups and issues surrounding populism, nationalism, religious conflict, migration and a changing European identity. The Centre has working links with partner institutions including King's College, London and the University of Melbourne, Australia. Alongside conducting research, a key part of the Centre’s mission is to foster the development of the next generation of academics specialising in practical philosophy. To its PhD students, it offers an inspiring environment, support for living costs, funding opportunities for travel, and the opportunity to engage in the philosophical work of the Centre, including participation in conferences, workshops and seminars.

The Centre invites applicants from students working in ethics and political philosophy, broadly construed, 

Examples of possible research projects:

  • The value of humanity; disregarded human value (nationalism, racism, xenophobia, social exclusion, poverty, affliction); love and hatred; emotions in political discourse; decent society and the virtue of civility
  • Socrates and Plato´s conception of love; ethical topics from Bernard Williams, Iris Murdoch and Raimond Gaita; Wittgensteinian approaches to moral philosophy
  • Good and evil; remorse, punishment, forgiveness; love and goodness; theory of action; wrongdoing, self-deception, akrasia and addiction, virtue ethics, moral change, ethics and historicity, questions of personhood and self-development
  • Morality in philosophy and art; philosophy and literature
  • The role of theory in ethics; questions of philosophical method in ethics
  • Understanding others; intimacy, strangeness and alienation
  • Kantian moral philosophy; dignity and human rights; impartiality and attachment
  • Health, luck and justice; distribution of healthcare resources; the philosophical foundations of health and healthcare

Applicants are encouraged to contact a prospective supervisor in the Centre in advance in order to discuss the suitability of their proposal. Possible supervisors include:

  • Ondřej Beran
  • Michael Campbell
  • Christopher Cordner
  • Niklas Forsberg
  • Nora Hämäläinen
  • Tomáš Hejduk
  • Kamila Pacovská 

Possible consultants: Marina Barabas, Raimond Gaita

Full-time, resident students admitted to the PhD programme at the Department of Philosophy pay no tuition fees, and receive a modest monthly stipend to defray living expenses for a study period of up to three years. Additionally, one doctoral candidate will be offered the position of Research Assistant in the Centre, to be held concurrently with their studies. The Research Assistant’s duties are to conduct basic research and to assist in the running of the Centre’s research activities. This is a fully funded appointment for three years, with a competitive salary and benefits such as health insurance. Decision about this appointment will be based on the quality of the Research Proposal and its general fit with the research agenda of the Centre. When applying for the PhD programme, applicants should indicate whether they would like to be considered for this position.

The working language of the PhD programme and of the Centre is English and applicants should have a good grasp of academic English, both written and spoken. No knowledge of Czech is required.

The University of Pardubice is located within walking distance from the historical centre of Pardubice, a charming city in the heart of Europe. Pardubice is well connected by train to several major European cities, including Prague (1 hour) and Vienna (3 hours) and (beginning in October) by air direct to London.

Admission Requirements

1) Applicants will ordinarily have a Master’s degree in Philosophy. In exceptional cases the admission committee can accept Master’s level graduation in another discipline but only if the relevance can be shown. Applicants are required to attach certified documents concerning their university education, including an academic transcript, to the application form. In exceptional cases where an applicant is due to graduate after the deadline for submitting applications, these documents must be submitted earliest possible. All required documents which are not originally in Czech, English or Latin must be translated into one of these languages and the translation must also be certified.

2) All applicants must have good grasp of spoken and written academic English. The admission interview will be conducted in English.

3) The applicants should submit a Research Proposal (1500-2000 words) outlining their future doctoral dissertation. It should formulate a clear research problem, and proposed methodology, as well as the basic sources and bibliography relevant to the topic. (The bibliography is not included in the word count.) It is advisable that the applicants explain their prior acquaintance with the subject. They can also attach the list of their own publication or presentation activities.

Documents and information to be submitted with the application form:

  1. Certified copy of Master’s diploma.
  2. Academic transcript.
  3. Names and contact details of two academic referees.
  4. Name of the preferred supervisor.
  5. Research Proposal.
  6. (Optional) A list of publications and presentations.

The above documents should be submitted as attachments to the electronic application form (see link below). The examining committee will evaluate these documents and invite selected applicants for an interview. It is preferable that applicants attend the admission interview in person but, in exceptional cases and for candidates from outside of Europe, it can be conducted via video conference. Shortlisted candidates from Europe who wish to be considered for an exception should make this known at the earliest possible date in order to allow for appropriate arrangements to be made.

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