Philosophisches Seminar


During the Semester: 

Colloquium Political Philosophy
Wednesday, 4.15-6 p.m.
Centre for Ethics, Zollikerstrasse 117, 8008 Zurich
For registration, please use OLAT


New Publication "The Government of the Peoples " On the Idea and Principles of Multilateral Democracy , " Francis Cheneval

London, Macmillan, 2011
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Doctoral Program Democracy Studies - Call for applications:  

NCCR Democracy at the University of Zurich
Contact: Dr. Doreen Spörer-Wagner, Scientific Coordinator Doctoral Program Senior Researcher

Collège de France, Paris
Francis Cheneval: Lecture "Vers une théorie du gouvernement des peuples"

Videotaping, Lecture of Mars, 13, 2013

Chair of Political Philosophy

Political philosophy is a subarea of practical philosophy. As the treatment of the foundations of political thinking and of political action it therefore also deals with basic issues of human existence and the structure of practical rationality; questions of human nature, action theory, and norm theory thus belong to political philosophy. Furthermore, it discusses problems of social theory and the philosophy of history, and it analyses contemporary socio-political events. Political philosophy in a narrower sense is focussed on the philosophy of law and philosophy of government.

The above points are addressed in our courses both from historical and topical points of view. It is in any case imperative that political philosophy be conducted as philosophy and philosophising, i.e., that an interest in radical self-reflection and self-understanding is maintained throughout.

Regular courses comprise lectures on the history of political thought, on contemporary political philosophy as well as introductory courses.

Research database UZH


Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval

Professor Emeritus

Prof. em. Dr. Georg Kohler

Research Assistants

Martin Beckstein, MA

lic. phil. Simone Landolt

lic. phil. Michael Ivo Raeber

Research Associates

Dr. Mónica Ferrin 

Dr. Carsten Köllmann 

Prof. Dr. Urs Marti 

lic. phil. Sylvie Ramel

Forum for the Philosophy of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Peter-Ulrich Merz-Benz 

PhD Students

Alice el-Wakil, MA, (NCCR Democracy)

Anita Horn, MA, (SNF)

lic. phil. Adis Merdzanovic, UZH Forschungskredit

lic. phil. Michael Ivo Raeber, ETHZ