1. Who we are

We are philosophers who believe that philosophy needs specific professional abilities and that PhD is a fundamental step towards getting a job in philosophy. The FINO consortium (standing for FIlosofia Nord Ovest, or philosophy in the North West) was founded at the University of Torino in 2013, with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo. The consortium consists of four universities of the North-Western region of Italy and aims to strengthen the already established relationships and cooperation among faculty members of  University of Genoa,  University of Pavia,  University of Eastern Piedmont, University of Torino.

The towns of Alessandria, Genova, Pavia, Torino and Vercelli are fairly well connected by train and highway and could even be considered, with some imagination, a great metropolitan area.

The faculty includes over 70 scholars covering a large variety of philosophical approaches, interests and topics. All faculty members are eligible to act as supervisors for PhD dissertations and/or play a fundamental role as tutor.

2. The Ph.D program offers

  • 3 year international Ph.D Program
  • 20 positions for graduate students
  • 12 scholarships available (per year)

3. Aims and Objectives of the Program

In accordance with the European philosophical tradition, the FINO doctoral program embraces a broad range of philosophical perspectives and approaches, aiming to provide graduate students with a rich context in which to discuss different traditions of thought. Moreover, it favors interdisciplinarity and the development of research that is integrated with non-humanistic areas. Upon the completion of the program, the newly graduated researchers will possess up-to-date knowledge about the recent developments of philosophical research in its most important fields:

  • state of the art within the scope of their own disciplinary research;
  • research methods appropriate either to theoretical investigations or to historical inquiries in philosophy;
  • planning, design and execution of a research project
  • publication of the research results according to the standards of the international research community.
  • mastery of  research tools (computing techniques, use of library resources and cataloguing tools).

4. Professional Profile of FINO Graduates

Academic Research: FINO graduates should be qualified for employment in the global philosophical market, in any of the branches pursued by the four FINO curricula (see also below).
– Teaching skills: once awarded a Ph.D. title, the FINO graduates will be prepared to teach in academia.
– Non-academic Professional abilities: FINO graduates will develop skills for professions related to the organization of information and knowledge; bioethics, philosophical counseling, applied ontology, web managing, and non-profit organizations.
– Furthermore, the FINO Consortium aims to train the opinion-formers of the next generation, by selecting and cultivating a group of well-educated people with a strong cultural background, who excel in critical thinking and are capable of autonomous reasoning and of vision concerning new scenarios in social and political cooperation.

5. Curricula

The PhD Program of the FINO Consortium comprises 4 curricula that cover the main philosophical areas of expertise, both theoretical and practical:

Curriculum 1: Mind, Language and Cognition (Coordinator: massimiliano.vignolo@unige.it)
Curriculum 2: Ethics and Politics (Coordinator: elisabetta.galeotti@uniupo.it)
Curriculum 3: History of Philosophy and of Science (Coordinator: paola.rumore@unito.it
Curriculum 4: Phenomenology, Ontology, Hermeneutics and Aesthetics (Coordinator: luca.vanzago@unipv.it)

Each curriculum is tailored to provide advanced and highly specialized research and teaching meeting graduate students’ needs and interests. Each doctoral student will choose one of the four curricula; moreover, some overlapping seminars will be run for all doctoral students, allowing them to compare their views with those adopting different theoretical and methodological approaches. The Consortium aims to foster interdisciplinary exchanges among different philosophical areas. Interdisciplinary workshops and seminars will therefore be established year by year by the faculty teaching committee. (see more info on curricula)

6. An International Program

Courses are either in English or Italian, according to students’ needs. The thesis can be written in English.
Students are encouraged to spend at least one year abroad.
Mobility programs and international exchanges are available both for students and teachers.
In order to facilitate study periods outside the Consortium, both abroad and within Italy, the FINO Consortium has already established or renewed collaborations and partnerships with other universities.

7. INFO (academic issues) PhD coordinator – Prof. Carlo Penco: penco@unige.it