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


Prof. em. Dr. Georg Kohler

Research Assistants and Postdocs

lic. phil. Christoph Laszlo (wissenschaftlicher Assistent)
lic. phil. Michael Ivo Räber (wissenschaftlicher Assistent)
Jana Cuperova Bochet, BA (Hilfsassistentin)

Postdoctoral research fellows

Prof. Dr. Urs Marti 
Prof. Dr. Peter-Ulrich Merz-Benz 
Dr. Delphine Carron-Faivre (SNF)
Dr. Mónica Ferrin (EU)
Dr. Silvan Imhof (SNF)
Dr. Jahel Queralt Lange (SNF)
Dr. Jean Terrier (SNF)

Junior academic positions

Alice el-Wakil, MA (Doktorandin, NCCR Democracy, Scholarship ZDA)
Anita Sophia Horn, MA (Doktorandin, SNF)