The School of Philosophy at HSE University primarily focuses on the study of Political and Social Philosophy. These two areas bring together the largest group of HSE University staff members at the School of Philosophy, consistently attract undergraduate and graduate students alike and contribute greatly to the reputation of HSE School of Philosophy in the academic community as both Russian and international researchers pursue internships at the School of Philosophy, largely owing to the opportunity to carry out research in Social or Political Theory. Over the period up until 2030, efforts will be made to establish a single academic field with a variety of subfields, which will shape an overall contribution to the development of a new language for addressing the social and political realities of the 21st century. This shall include direct dialogue with experts in Political Science, Sociology and History. The research outcomes will then be used to deliver expert and consulting services to government agencies.
Over the next decade, the following two promising academic specializations will be developed at HSE School of Philosophy:
- Logic and Formal Philosophy. This has been successfully studied by a strong research team at the International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics, and Formal Philosophy. This laboratory is focused, in particular, on the application of formal methods to clarify and explain traditional philosophical categories (i.e., truth, knowledge, justification, rationality, and the source of normativity), as well as the use of rational analysis and formal modes to find solutions to a range of philosophical problems: from rational choice theory to group agency. With this in mind, this laboratory is undeniably the leader in Russia’s philosophical community. The Laboratory’s partners, in particular, the Centre for Logic, Epistemology and History of Science at the University of Campinas (Brazil), will support the launching of the international scientific journal - Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy. This journal will serve as a globally recognized platform for academic cooperation between philosophers, linguists and mathematicians from Russia and world-leading research centres, including those in BRICS countries;
- Russian and Formal Philosophy. The activities of the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue have already turned HSE University into an international expert centre, which coordinates research in Russian Philosophy. Furthermore, in addition to the traditional Russian philosophy of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Soviet Philosophy is an emerging academic discipline, thus becoming a prospective area of research conducted at the School of Philosophy. The study of Russian Philosophy is of paramount importance for maintaining our national intellectual tradition and, therefore, the demand for the popularization of Russian philosophy is as high as it has ever been. At the same time, the Russian philosophical tradition is part of the global philosophy, and familiarization of the world’s academic community with the whole wealth of the Russian philosophical thought will help enhance Russia’s positive image in today's world. This will be attained thanks to more publications on Russian Philosophy in English, as well as the participation of HSE University’s academics in international conferences and global communities of specialists in Slavic studies. This area demonstrates high potential for developing interdisciplinary ties with Philology, Russian History, and the History of Political Thought.
The aforementioned specializations will integrate with teaching processes as follows:
- Logic and Analytic Philosophy will serve as the basis for critical thinking courses, which can be offered as disciplines for building basic research competencies under a wide range of programmes. In addition to traditional Bachelor’s courses in Philosophy, critical thinking classes will become a part of curricula throughout degree programmes taught at HSE University;
- As part of developing professional training in the Bachelor’s programme in Philosophy (BA), it would be fit for purpose to offer a track in Logic and Analytic Philosophy, as well as expand the array of available Master’s programmes by opening the Master’s programme in Logic, Philosophy and Cognitive Science in 2020. This will help ensure high-quality training for candidates to doctoral programmes, where studies will be aligned with various research projects. Finally, competencies and skills held by the staff of HSE School of Philosophy are in-demand on many educational programmes in related fields: History, Political Studies, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Law, etc.