Tartu Üskool – Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics of the University of Tartu


Today, the University of Tartu, founded in 1632, is the only classical university in Estonia. Research at UT focuses on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, genetics and computer science. UT is Estonias leading centre of research and training. As Estonias national university, UT stresses the importance of international cooperation and partnerships with prestigious  research universities all over the world. UT has 71 partner universities in 27 countries. UT includes nine faculties, four colleges and several regional development units..

According to the ISI Web of Science, the University of Tartu belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Biology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics. Over half of the scientific publications in Estonia are published by UT scientists. 

The department of Philosophy at the University of Tartu is involved with a research project entitled The Philosophy of Disagreements, which is related to the politics of memory in various EUROM projects. The project “Disagreements: Philosophical Analysis” is funded by the Estonian Science Agency (ETAG) for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2019. All four chairs of the Department of Philosophy collaborate in this project. The project is devoted to the study of disagreement as it arises in ethics, logic, ontology, science, and everyday life. The politics of memory is often about disagreements about how the past is remembered in the public sphere, museums, literature and monuments.

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