Bachelor in philosophy


Can you be responsible for an action, if you could not have done otherwise? Are the Alps beautiful because they are appreciated, or are they appreciated because they are beautiful? A football game has temporal parts; but does a table have them too? What is a collective emotion? What distinguishes the fact that I raise my arm from the fact that my arm is raised? You might have been the 45th president of the United States, but could you have been Donald Trump? Are our mental states identical to brain processes?

The philosophy taught in the Bachelor of Arts and Humanities deals with these questions – and many more! – by emphasizing (i) clarity in thought and expression; (ii) rigour in reasoning; (iii) interest in opposing theses and the ability to render them in a way that satisfies the adversary; (iv) interest in the history of philosophy combined with the desire to contribute to the progress of contemporary philosophy. Due to its size, the Institute of Philosophy allows a great proximity between students and professors within a training that is both pleasant and demanding.

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At the Bachelor level, the Institute of Philosophy offers:

  • one main pillar (90 ECTS)
  • a secondary pillar (60 ECTS)
  • a minimum pillar (30 ECTS)

Below you will find links to the relevant information for this course:

The following document gives an overview of what you need to know about the structure of the BA in Philosophy:

Bachelor's thesis

For the main and secondary pillars, the syllabus includes a 9 ECTS dissertation. Instructions for this work can be found in the “Bachelor's Thesis in Philosophy” course description (Block 7), accessible from this page.

An information session is organized each year, shortly after the start of the new academic year in September.

Bachelor's theses by former students can be consulted at the Institute's secretariat during opening hours, by sending a request to The list of dissertations available for consultation is available here.



The admission requirements for the BA in Humanities are detailed here.