Department of Philosophy

About Us


Philosophy, in addition to its constant problems such as existence (metaphysics, ontology), knowledge/science (epistemology) and morals (ethics and aesthetics), is an intellectual approach related to relatively new fields such as philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, philosophy of communication, and every problem that confronts man. Its aim is to put forward a general, universal and reasonable notion about these problems. In this sense, for a long time in history philosophy was the name of a “"science system" that represented all sciences; and after the separation of sciences from philosophy, it has formed the basis of both social/ human sciences and natural/ physical sciences and has been trying to find the "truth" by questioning their results over and over with its own methods. When the basic disciplines that make up philosophy (philosophy of existence, philosophy of knowledge, moral philosophy, philosophy of aesthetics, political philosophy, and philosophy of science…) are considered, it is obvious that philosophy is in question in all areas of life, and this requires critical thinking skills. Philosophy, which is "to be on the way, to love knowledge/wisdom (philosophia)", awaits its disciples/candidates who are open to critical thinking in pursuit of wisdom.


The Department of Philosophy was founded in 2011. The required period to complete the bachelor’s degree is 4 years.


The aim of the philosophy department in Necmettin Erbakan University is primarily to teach systematic and critical thinking. In order to achieve this aim, the views put forward by philosophers, especially within the scope of the philosophies of existence, knowledge and value, should be discussed along with the refutations. Accordingly, our department aims to introduce the philosophical heritage based on the main works of philosophers and to improve philosophical method and critical thinking based on basic philosophical problems. For this purpose, it is also one of the main objectives of our department to prepare programs and activities that will raise individuals who recognize both national and universal thought, look at problems holistically, are ready for interdisciplinary studies, do not hesitate to use the initiative to solve problems, and have the power of philosophical analysis.


The undergraduate program of the Department of Philosophy consists of historical and systematic courses related to various fields of philosophy in order to achieve the stated purpose. For the first year, students should take introductory and preliminary courses such as Introduction to Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy (Ancient Greek and Eastern Philosophies) and Logic. In the upcoming years in addition to the history of philosophy courses, contemporary discussions and issues such as Turkish Thought, State and Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Communication, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Postmodernism and Post structuralism, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Environment and Technology etc. Are also included. As a result of this kind of systematic and complementary courses, students not only complete their education with knowledge of philosophy, but also gain the skills to think systematically and correctly, to develop arguments and to defend them. In addition, the Society of Philosophy, which allows the philosophical activity to continue outside of the classes, enables students to participate in philosophical activities both inside and outside the formal training.


For students who wish to proceed to do graduate work in philosophy, the department offers its MA program, as well as more advanced research opportunities leading to a PhD degree. 


Graduate students have opportunities to work as teachers in public and private education institutions affiliated to the Ministry of National Education and find positions in the departments of public and private institutions related to education, culture, human relations, planning, management and evaluation.