Faculty of Philosophy

Dean: Professor Vladimir V. Mironov
International Students Office: phone: +7-095-939-1569, -939-2007, fax: +7-095-939-2208, -939-1846

General Information

Faculty of Philosophy works from the very foundation of Moscow University in 1755. It has always been a centre of progressive philosophical ideas in Russia. The outstanding Russian philosophers, such as A.I.Vvedensky, M.M.Troyitsky, V.S.Soloviev, delivered lectures at the Faculty. The best traditions of Russian Philosophy are being preserved by professors and associate professors of the Faculty and became the basis of tuition of philosophers nowadays.

The branch of the Marxist Philosophy that suppressed all other philosophical theories during the soviet period went into the past. At present all modern and classic philosophical ideas are open for studying and discussion.

To ensure close connections with advanced scientific thoughts all opportunities are used to draw the best scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences to work with the Faculty. Foreign professors from the world leading universities regularly lecture at the Faculty.


  • Logic
  • Theoretical Philosophy
  • Social Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Science
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • History of Russian Philosophy
  • History of Foreign Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies
  • History and Theory of Culture
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Political Processes in Russia
  • World Political Process
  • History of Political Thought


  • Political Analysis and Forecasting
  • Information Systems in Humanitarian Education

Bachelour and Master Degrees

5 years full time


  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies
  • Political Science

General and Special Courses


  • Aristotle’s Ethics
  • Ethics of I.Kant
  • Ethics of Leo Tolstoy
  • Medieval Arab Ethics
  • Modern Western Ethics
  • Philosophical Ethics in Russia
  • Morality and Personality
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Law
  • Problems of the Sense of Life
  • Normative Ethics
  • Ethics and Religion
  • Art and World Religions
  • Aesthetics of Bakhtin in Cultural Context
  • Aesthetics of Postmodernism
  • Aesthetics of Dostoevsky
  • Quantitative Studies in Aesthetics
  • Reflection in Culture and in the Aesthetics of and Artist
  • National Traits of the Art: History, Theory and Contemporary Problems
  • History of Russian and Foreign Art
  • Art in Spiritual Culture
  • Aesthetics as the Knowledge of Being
  • History of Oriental Philosophy Ancient Philosophy
  • History of Classical Philosophy
  • Classical German Idealism
  • Kant’s Theory of Cognition
  • Analytical Philosophy
  • Problems of Philosophy of Language
  • Contemporary Trends of American Philosophy
  • Modern Marxism
  • Structuralism
  • Historiography of Russian Philosophy
  • Medieval Russian Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Russian Enlightenment
  • Philosophy of Slavophilism
  • Philosophy of Russian Radicalism
  • Positivism in Russia in the 19th Century
  • Philosophy of Vl.Soloviev
  • Dostoevsky as a Philosopher
  • Existentialist Philosophy in Russia
  • Russian Cosmism
  • Philosophy of A.A.Bogdanov
  • Russian Philosophy of the Soviet & Post-Soviet Time
  • Contemporary Foreign Concepts of History of Russian Philosophy
  • Culture and the Way of Life of Russian Society in 18th – 19th Centuries
  • Reading Plato’s Dialogues
  • Philosophy of Medieval Christian Culture
  • Epistemology of Russian Philosophy of the 19th – 20th Centuries
  • Western European Culture of Art in 14th – 18th Centuries
  • Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Science
  • Problems of Bioethics
  • Rationality and the Man
  • Man in the Culture (Book-Learning of the Early Middle Ages)
  • From the Philosophy of Nature to the Philosophy of Man
  • Problems of Social Metaphysics
  • History of Anthropological Ideas in Western European Philosophy
  • Main Problems of the Humanities
  • Historical Typology of the Social Knowledge

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies

  • Relations of the State and the Church in Russian History
  • Evolution of Religion in the World
  • Liberty of Conscience
  • Dialogue of Religious and Non-religious World-outlooks
  • Dogmatic Texts
  • Religious Ontology and Metaphysics
  • Christian Historiosophy Buddhism. Buddhist Philosophy
  • Islam. Moslem Philosophy and Theology
  • Catholic Philosophy and Theology
  • Protestant Philosophy and Theology
  • Orthodox Philosophy and Theology
  • Non-confessional Syncretic Philosophy
  • Religions of the East
  • Semiotics

Political Science

  • Political Philosophy
  • Theory of Politics
  • Methods of Teaching Political Science
  • Processes of Modernization
  • Systems of Administration and Governance
  • Philosophy of State and Law
  • The Main Political Ideologies: Critical Analysis
  • Theory of Decision-Making
  • Theory and Practice of Lobbism
  • Elites and Politics
  • Types of Political Culture
  • Political Leadership
  • Political History of Russia
  • Contemporary Russian Political Process
  • Practical Political Science
  • Social and Political Aspects of Economic Reforms in Russia
  • Authoritarianism in Russian: Tradition and Contemporaniety
  • Problems of the Formation of Multiparty System in Russia
  • Political Mobilization in Russia
  • Russian Idea: Political Aspect
  • Property and Power in Russia
  • Contemporary Ideological and Political Trends in Russia
  • National Interests of Russia
  • Social and Political Conflicts in Russia: Strategies of Resolution
  • Regional Political Movements and Elites in Russia
  • Methods of Political Analysis
  • Methods of Political Research
  • Mass Media in Politics
  • International Relations Theory
  • Theory of the World Political Process
  • History of the World Political Process
  • Regional Political Institutions and Processes
  • Comparative Politics
  • Philosophy of Modernization
  • History of Political Parties and Social Movements
  • Actors of World Politics
  • Global Governance and Institutions
  • World Economy and World Politics
  • Ethnopolitical Processes in Contemporary World
  • Geopolitics
  • National Strategy and National Will
  • Leadership in World Politics
  • The Nature of the World Political Conflict
  • War and Peace in World Politics
  • History of Political Thought
  • Methods of Studying History of Political Thought
  • State and Individual in Medieval Political Thought
  • Main Trends of Political Thought in Russia in the Second Half of the XIX Century
  • Political Philosophy
  • Contemporary American Political Philosophy

Master Degree

2 years full time


  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies
  • Political Science

Students are offered to take a number of general and special courses accordance with chosen specialisation.

PhD Degree

3 years full time or 4 years part time


  • Logic
  • Ontology and Theory of Cognition
  • Social Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science and Technique
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Cultural Studies
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Politics and of Law
  • Political Institutions and Processes
  • Political Culture and Ideology
  • History of Social and Political Thought