The Doctoral Program in Philosophy, whose development and organization are overseen by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is framed within the University of Navarra Doctoral School, established under the provisions set out by RD 99/2011, which provides planning, coordination and monitoring of doctoral programs.
This program is adapted to the European Higher Education Area and meets the requirements indicated in Royal Decree 1393, dated October 29, 2007, which regulates official university education. It was evaluated by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and approved by the Council of Universities. This official degree program is registered in the Registry of Universities, Centers and Qualifications.
It has been adapted to the verification procedures stipulated in RD 99, dated January 28, 2011, which regulates official doctoral education (BOE, Official State Bulletin, February 10, 2011); it has received a favorable report from ANECA and a positive assessment from the Council of Universities.
The University of Navarra's commitment to excellence and quality in the Doctoral Degree in Philosophy has been accredited through the Citation of Quality awarded by ANECA in the 2002 call for applications (BOE, Official State Bulletin, December 17, 2002). It was renewed continuously until the year 2010. The program was subsequently awarded the Citation of Excellence for doctoral programs at Spanish universities in the recent call for applications (Resolution of October 6, 2011, published in the Official State Bulletin, October 20, 2011).
The fact that the program was awarded the Citation of Quality in the first call for applications (reference MCD 2003-00692) and the Citation of Excellence in the recent call reflects the School's desire to make the program an academic and educational benchmark for doctoral studies. The continuous receipt and renewal of these citations highlight the effort made by the School and academic staff to subject the program to impartial external review processes that evaluate its content, structure and objectives. They reflect ANECA's explicit recognition of the educational integrity of the doctoral program and have allowed us to take part in national financial aid programs for professor and student mobility, and other competitive grants that are awarded every year.
Outside of the University of Navarra, doctoral degrees in Philosophy have a long tradition in Spain and the Western world. The oldest universities in Spain and the world's most prestigious universities all have doctoral programs. However, the approach to teaching in doctoral programs and the ultimate perspective that postgraduate studies lead to vary depending on the different university traditions. In the English-speaking world, for example, the Master of Arts in Philosophy at the most prestigious universities (e.g., Harvard, Cornell, etc.) is designed primarily as the preliminary stage of the doctoral degree, and doctoral studies are therefore not offered independently. However, there are many universities that do offer doctoral programs independently, including New York University and Columbia. The program perspectives range from scientific to more humanistic.
Since its creation in 1952, the University of Navarra has shown a clear interest in being present in all areas of expertise and in contributing as much high-quality research as possible to the academic community at national and international level. The field of philosophy is no exception.
The Doctoral Degree in Philosophy offered by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Navarra was launched along with the creation of the Philosophy Division within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences on February 11, 1964. The following year, on June 22, 1965, the curriculum for the doctoral degree was officially approved by the Ministry of Education (BOE, Official State Bulletin, September 3, 1965, Decree 2455/65). Three doctoral theses were defended in the 1965-1966 academic year.
The number of doctoral theses submitted and approved in the last five years is 34. Initially, the teaching and research unit to which the program belonged was the Philosophy Division. After the School was reorganized into departments, the academic unit responsible for developing the program became the department. The doctoral program has now been incorporated into the University of Navarra's Doctoral School through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the body responsible for the development and organization of each program. The Doctoral Degree in Philosophy at the University of Navarra took on a new dimension in the 1987-1988 academic year, when it signed an agreement with the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City to offer this program in partnership with that university's School of Philosophy. It was the first time that the University of Navarra had established an agreement with a non-Spanish university to offer a doctoral program on a joint basis. This first agreement paved the way for four more in successive years with universities in Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Peru. In this context, the University also offers a Double Doctoral Degree in Philosophy and Sociology, which is undertaken in partnership with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (see agreement).
The University of Navarra established the Doctoral School within the framework established under the provisions set out by RD 99/2011, which provides planning, coordination and monitoring of doctoral programs.
It is presided over by the Vice President for Research and has an Executive Director and three deputy directors who represent the three main areas of the University: the Area of Social Sciences, Law and Humanities (to which this doctoral program belongs), the Area of Experimental and Health Sciences, and the Area of Engineering and Architecture.
The School sets the objectives and strategic lines for doctoral studies at the University and is responsible for ensuring that they are fulfilled.
As is widely known, doctoral studies are the highest level of teacher and research training that a university can offer its students. The natural transition from the licentiate degree launched in 1964 was the doctoral degree, for two reasons that are still valid today: firstly, doctoral studies may act as a source of future teaching staff, for both the University of Navarra itself and other Spanish and foreign universities, and secondly, the growing and justifiable desire to make the Spanish university a vibrant and dynamic research center hinges on a few essential tools. The doctoral degree is certainly one of these, and perhaps the most effective.
The following University of Navarra departments and centers participate in the development of the program:
Department of Philosophy (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)