Philosophy and education have been closely linked throughout the history of Western civilisation. Their respective self-conceptions have been based on their interaction. More precisely, the question of our position in the world, our ability to acquire knowledge and the meaning of, and reasons for, our actions are interrelated with questions concerning the conditions, possibilities and objectives of education.
At this Faculty, research and teaching of the disciplines of philosophy and education are positioned in the complex landscape of 21st-century knowledge. On the one hand, the two disciplines, despite maintaining a critical point of view, are rooted in the traditions that have characterised Vienna over many decades. On the other, they are oriented towards international developments, including theoretical approaches that have mostly been marginalised in Vienna during the "short 20th century".
The Faculty regards itself as a place where traditional and recent philosophical and educational conceptions are critically advanced and addressed in a critical dialogue at the highest international level.
Philosophy and education are particularly committed to the goal of universities being places of critical intellectual encounter in a globally connected society. The Faculty sees itself as a forum where burning questions of a globally linked society are being addressed in a public discourse and reflected on, and examined, from a philosophical and educational perspective. The education of teachers for a wide range of subjects is an important task at the Faculty. In this area the Faculty closely cooperates with the Centre for Teacher Education.