Ηαυτογνωσία είναι αρχή της ανθρώπινης σοφίας
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom
The history of the Department of Philosophy began with its establishment in 1965. Since its foundation it has been taking an active part in research and educational activities at all faculties of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University. Well-known scientists and public figures have been among the heads of the Department such as Nikolai Smirnov, Viktor Alyokhin, Vladimir Melnikov, Vladimir Kapustin, Tetyana Andreyeva. Today the head of the Department Roman Dodonov.
They provide scientific and methodological base for teaching different major and special disciplines. Among them: Philosophy, Sociology, Logic, Philosophy of Science, Rhetoric, Ethics and Esthetics, Ethics of business and business communication, Religious Studies, Philosophical Problems of Scientific Research, Modern science picture of the world, History of Philosophy, Modern Social Philosophy, Values of European Civilization.
Scientific activities are carried out through participation in national and international conferences, symposia, workshops, roundtables devoted to diverse philosophical problems. They are realized through conducting researches, preparation of dissertations and scientific publications, working out new textbooks and teaching manuals for students in each of the disciplines taught by the department’s staff and supervision over students’ and postgraduate students’ research activities, participation in scientific organizations.
In 2002, Specialized Scientific Council in the field of Social Philosophy and Philosophy of History was created at the Department. Since that time more than 60 dissertations have been defended and their authors have been awarded the Candidate of Philosophy degree.
The Department of Philosophy have developed strong relations with Universities in Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria and the United States. The Department’s Staff, its postgraduate students take part in overseas conferences, publish work in foreign journals, exchange experience with foreign colleagues. Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University invites foreign scientists for giving lectures in Vasyl’ Stus DonNU.
The Department of Philosophy of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University is an active member of Ukrainian Philosophical Foundation — national public organization that unites professional philosophers of the country.