slupek_i_resztaStudies at the Institute of Philosophy of Nature and Natural Sciences are divided into two specializations:

  • Philosophy of inanimate nature (cosmophilosophy) which is concentrated on the Universe as the whole in connection with philosophical problems. The program of studies includes physics and other related disciplines because these issues cannot be discussed without elementary knowledge of its strictly scientific "foundation".
  • Philosophy of animate nature (biophilosophy) dealing with philosophical problems of life as well as philosophy of biology. The role of its necessary "foundation" is played here by basic disciplines of biology.

In both specializations, problems of methodology, philosophy of science and relations between science and religion are taken into account.



Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of Nature and Natural Sciences are carried out in close relation to natural sciences, particulary to the problems of physics and biology. Our Institute is the only one in Poland undertaking such a wide range of philosophical problems originating in and on the basis of natural sciences.




The staff of the Institute is focused on teaching and research with emphasis on the origins and evolution of the Universe, life and human beings.
Main topics of study include the problems of structure and evolution of the Universe, biogenesis, nature and evolution of life as well as the creation of species the Homo sapiens etc. Attention is paid to the recent developments in natural sciences, and questions are asked how they relate to philosophical and religious problems. In order to undertake them correctly, consideration is also given to the philosophy of physics, biology and cosmology.


Students' activity

As a result of good relationships between students as well as between students and the staff, the atmosphere of studying is really friendly. Students' Research Group for the Philosophy of Nature and Natural Sciences gives the students an opportunity of sharing their passions and experiences in popularizing the scientific, as well as philosophical knowledge.
The members of the Students' Research Group learn how to organize lectures, symposia and scientific discussions. A good example of them is a series of scientific symposia entitled "Searching the Universe". The lectures and discussions involve current problems of cosmology (e.g. the first phases of its origin), astronomy (e.g. the results of observations playing the role of tests for specific models of the Universe), biology (biogenesis and the origin of first human beings). They also organize meetings "Fridays of Naturalists" as well as a few days excursions to Polish mountains, connected with the study of the local fauna and flora.



teleskopThe graduates of the Institute of Philosophy of Nature and Natural Sciences receive comprehensive preparation in the fields of history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy (ontology, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of inanimate and animate nature). They acquire skills of clear expressing their ideas in writing and speaking. They are also taught how to be effective in communicatig, and discussing.
As a result our graduates may get jobs in different scientific, educational and cultural institutions as well as in publishing houses; they may be members of editorial staff of magazines popularizing philosophy and science. Those who choose to earn qualifications for teaching, may teach philosophy in schools.

One of the most outstanding graduate of ‘Philosophy of Nature' coming from our University is Rev. Prof. dr. hab. Michał Heller - the member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, prizewinner of the Templeton Prize in 2008, called the Nobel Prize in the field dedicated to relations between science, philosophy and theology.