Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy

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Welcome to the PLEP Community Website. Here current students can find helpful information about their studies, life at the UniBern, and events organized by the PLEP program. Students should check the news page regularly for information pertaining to deadlines, events, etc. For official information about the program, students should refer to the PLEP Factsheet.

Fall 2018 Late Application Deadline


Interested in applying for the Fall 2018 semester? There is still time!

Late applications are accepted until August 31st (for an additional 100 CHF fee). Non-EU students are advised to apply as early as possible to leave time for visa applications.

For more information about the program and application questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you still have further questions, please contact the PLEP study advisor, Kelly Tuke, at kelly.tuke@philo.unibe.ch.

Current Students: Register Now for the Fall 2018 Compact Course


Life's Beginnings: Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Motherhood

Pregnancy, birth and early motherhood are central parts of human experience. Yet they are not adequately understood. This course explores philosophical mistakes in our thinking about pregnancy, birth and early motherhood and the impact of such mistakes on women's wellbeing. It also explores ethical, epistemological and metaphysical issues raised by the unique relationship between the mother and her foetus or child.

Most Recent PLEP Talk


Blame Games

Prof. Dr. Susan Wolf (UNC, Chapel Hill) presented a lecture which provided reasons to question the distinction between responsible and non-responsible individuals: By marking a difference between blame and criticism, and the different conditions under which they are justified, we can see that the concepts of responsibility and blame are not as unified as we generally take them to be. This has implications for our understanding of responsibility, blame, punishment and the problem of free will.

Recorded: May 14, 2018 Universität Bern

"Hinterfragt" - The ethics podcast

Most Recent Episode | May 2018

Anne Meylan: Selbsttäuschung und Irrationalität

Selbsttäuschung ist ein verbreitetes Phänomen. Weshalb tun wir das eigentlich, uns selbst täuschen? Was können wir vom Nachdenken über Selbsttäuschung über Rationalität lernen? Können wir Menschen moralische Vorwürfe machen, wenn sie sich selbst täuschen? Ein Gespräch mit Anne Meylan, Professorin an der Universität Basel.

Most recent PLEP Podium


Menschenrechte- Schweizer Perspektiven

Thursday, March 8th, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00
Location: Room 120, main building of the University of Bern