PhD in Philosophy


The Faculty of Philosophy of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele is traditionally committed to the development of original and ground-breaking philosophical investigation through lines of research that are constantly and fruitfully intertwined, though following different philosophical traditions and methodologies. The philosophical research stems from the research centers, which support and promote several activities in the areas of ethics and political philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of mind and language, gender studies, metaphysics and aesthetics, history of ideas. Some of these research lines, in particular philosophy of mind and language, decision theory and rationality theory, gender studies, phenomenology and ethics, are characterized by significant interdisciplinary interactions with scientific studies.

Research methodologies include historical-philosophical investigation, conceptual analysis,  experimental methods, and the most advanced investigation techniques in neuroscience. Each research center carries out its own research in compliance with its own aims and methodologies, but fosters the equal availability of methods of inquiry and conceptual tools to graduate students, so as to encourage young scholars to hold an interdisciplinary approach, aimed at developing original and solidly defensible syntheses concerning various dimensions of human life and experience

Coordinator: Prof. Massimo Reichlin


University Vita-Salute San Raffaele is now accepting applications for the a.y. 2020/2021.

Registration and applications for the competition must be submitted within 1:00 pm July 27, 2020.

The Referees must upload the reference letter on the website (according with the procedures indicated in the Call for Application) within July 29th, 2020.


The evaluation of the qualifications, is carried out by the Commission and it does not require the presence of the candidates and will take place on September 11st, 2020.

The interviews, for the candidates admitted to the second phase, will take place September 24th, 2020.


The Research Doctorate in Philosophy consists of two Curricula