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.

Welcome New PLEP Students!

We're thrilled to have you join the program! For those students starting this semester, there are a few things you might want to know:

  • How do I register for courses?
  • How should I organize my schedule?
  • What will be expected of me?

To answer these questions, we will have a number of events in the first week of courses:

September 17th Welcome Event
Room B237
Introduction with Program Director Prof. Dr. Markus Stepanians and Program Manager Anna Goppel
September 17th Welcome Apéro
4pm- 6pm
Philosophy Institute Kitchen
Get to know your fellow philosophy MA students with drinks and snacks
September 19th KSL+ ILIAS Registration FAQ


Room: TBD

Get all your questions answered the technical aspects of registration, how to use KSL and ILIAS, etc.

Note: Takes place instead of the first Methods colloquium, in the same room.


New students are required to make an appointment with Kelly Tuke for an individual study consultation. To register for an appointment, please do so via doodle.

If you have any additional questions please contact 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.