Doctoral Programme in Aesthetics

Doctoral School of Phlosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

PhD in Aesthetics


Head of Programme: Prof. Dr. Sándor Radnóti


The PhD degree course in Aesthetics was launched at Eötvös Loránd University in 1995. It has been operating as an independent doctoral programme within the Doctoral School of Philosophy since 2001. The programme has been hosted by the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies.


The aesthetics of modernity stands at the focus of the programme's curriculum. The majority of doctoral works deals with the theoretical problems of aesthetics (mimesis, representation, text/image, etc.), the interpretation of major thinkers (from Kant to Nietzsche, from Schleiermacher to Gadamer, etc.) and the analysis of seminal discourses (theories of taste, philosophies of art in the 19th-20th centuries, phenomenological theory of fine arts, hermeneutics, etc.).


The curriculum consists of a series of historic and theoretical courses led by the core faculty members of the doctoral programme, and of tutorial work with the supervisors concentrating on dissertation subjects. Mini-conferences are organized on a regular basis for PhD students to have the opportunity to present the results of their research for a critical audience of their peers and professors.


The doctoral programme cooperates with other PhD programmes, especially within the Doctoral School of Philosophy, and with other schools as well, including the Doctoral Schools of German Studies, Art History, and others.

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