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Faculty of Humanities would like to encourage students from all over the Europe to study in Torun. Therefore we introduce the special English Program “Invitation to Philosophy and Sociology”. The program is profiled for everyone who would like to come to Torun within the Erasmus+ programme. The aim of the program is to encourage to participate not only students of Philosophy and Sociology, but also everyone interested in the humanities and the human-related problems of the modern world.

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Our lecturers

Dr. Anita Pacholik-Żuromska

Dr. Anita Pacholik-Żuromska has got Ph.D. in Philosophy and MA degree in German Philology. She works in the Department of Cognitive Science and Epistemology. She is an Associate Director for Didactics in the Institute of Philosophy. Dr. Pacholik-Żuromska is a member of the Polish Philosophical Society, Polish Society for Cognitive Science, Mind Group, a Laureate of the Scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the Excellent Young Scientists (2012-2015). She published two books: Conceptual basis of self-knowledge and German analytic philosophy of mind (ed.).

Course: Philosophical problems of cognitive science

Dr. Janusz Grygieńć

Dr. Grygieńć is a graduate in philosophy and political sciences from Nicolaus Copernicus University. He has published books General Will in Political Philosophy (Imprint Academic, Exeter 2013) and Thomas Hill Green. Od epistemologii do filozofii politycznej (Thomas Hill Green. From Epistemology to Political Philosophy, ECE, Toruń 2009). Author of many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, co-translator (into Polish) of Richard Rorty’s Philosophy and Social Hope, and Henry Tam’s Communitarianism. A New Agenda for Politics and Citizenship. His research interests include Political Philosophy and Theory (with special interest in Democratic Theory), and History of Political Thought (especially Jean Jacques Rousseau, British Idealism, and New Liberalism). He co-edits “Political Dialogues. Journal of Biopolitics and Contemporary Political Theories”.

Course: Introduction to Political Philosophy

Dr. Rafał Gruszczyński

Dr Rafał Gruszczyński obtained his Ph.D in philosophy (logic) in 2007 at the Nicolaus Copernicus University. He works as an assistant professor at the Department of Logic of Faculty of Humanities of NCU.

In his scientific work he focuses on logic with special emphasis on mereology and point-free theories of space. He published in renowned journals such as Fundamenta Informaticae and Bulletin of Symbolic Logic and lectured, among others, at universities in Porto (Portugal), Madrid (Spain) and Salerno (Italy).

Rafał Gruszczyński is the assistant editor of an international quarterly Logic and Logical Philosophy published by Nicolaus Copernicus University. Since December 2010 he is a supervisor of Logical Society, an organization at NCU whose mission is to deepen students’ knowledge of advanced topics in logic.

Rafal Gruszczynski lives in Torun with his wife Agnieszka and dog named Robin. His extra-scientific interests include: climbing, literature, film, music and comic books.

Course: Logic as a tool

Prof. Adam Grzeliński

Professor Grzelinski’s main field of interest is early modern philosophy (especially British) and aesthetics (modern and contemporary). He published mainly on the history of British empiricism and the aesthetics of the period, particularly on Shaftesbury, Berkeley and Hume (“English Debate on Beauty. Aesthetic Theories of Shaftesbury and Burke”, 2001; “’Subject’ and ‘object’ in David Hume’s Science of Human Nature”, 2005; “The Man and the Infinite Spirit. The Immaterialism of George Berkeley”, 2010). Recently professor Grzeliński has been doing a research focusing on the relationships between natural philosophy, empirical investigations and the philosophy of science in the 17th century. He has also been working on a monograph on the philosophy of John Locke.

Recognizing the importance of the translations of classical philosophical texts, Professor Grzeliński invites his students, colleagues, and friends to this collective intellectual adventure. As a result of the collaboration and of his own work, several volumes of translations have been published so far: G. Berkeley’s “An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision and Other Philosophical Works” and “Siris”, W. James’ “Essays in Radical Empiricism”, Shaftesbury’s “A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm. The Moralists”. Some of the writings by P. Bayle and G. Santayana should also be available for Polish readership soon.

As the director of the Institute of Philosophy at NCU Prof. Grzeliński has less time for his other passions, such as travelling or reading, but when he finds time to see more or less remote places, he prefers looking around from the height of his bicycle’s saddle. When not in the institute, he can be met in Yoknapatawpha County and in the streets of Los Angeles where he wanders around with Philip Marlowe.

Course: Main Issues of Modern Philosophy

Dr. Piotr Stankiewicz

Piotr Stankiewicz is a sociologist working on technologies – mainly those that are perceived as controversial, risky, dangerous, damaging or bearing an apocalyptic vision of the future. Currently his research is focused on nuclear energy (since Poland is going to build its first nuclear power plant in the next few years) and on shale gas exploration (which is reported to be underground half of Poland’s surface). As a practitioner he is involved in organizing public participation around controversial energy investment plans together with public authorities and NGO’s. As a researcher he is trying to reflect on these issues in a systemic way and teach students at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun how to assess technological risks using participatory methods.

His profiles on: Academia.edu  and Facebook

Courses: Environmental Sociology and Philosophy, Between Science-Fiction and Near Reality: Analyzing the Development of New Technologies, Energy and Society



Dr. Dominik Antonowicz

Dominik Antonowicz is a doctor of sociology and the assistant professor in the Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. He is a former Chevening scholar (Birmingham University), the Foundation for Polish Science scholar (Center of Higher Education Policy Studies, Twente University), a sociologist, public manager, higher education researcher and policy analyst.

His research interests include institutional and organizational theory which is used to explore public policy and higher education. In the current work, he is investigating the clash between the world society (Meyer et al.) that carries certain institutional arrangements against the well-established academic tradition in transforming higher education systems.

His publications range from the unique analysis of football fandom, although his main focus is on public policy in transforming countries, addressing the issue of accountability, trust and effectiveness of modern nation-state.

He is passionate about sport, not only as a supporter, but also as an athlete.

Course: Modern Sport

Prof. Maria Lewicka

Prof. Maria Lewicka graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She obtained her PhD in social psychology from University of Warsaw, Poland and from the same university the habilitation degree in cognitive psychology. In early 2000s she initiated research and education in environmental psychology at the University of Warsaw and was for a number of years head of the Environmental Research Unit at this university. In 2016 she took a position of the head of Psychology Department at the Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń. Her interests include cognitive issues (categorization behavior, human rationality, cognitive biases and errors as related to pragmatics of behavior), and social and environmental issues.

At present she pursues three lines of research within the broad area of social and environmental psychology: (I) place attachment and place identity, (II) processes of social engagement (III) collective memory of places. She published in Journal of Environmental Psychology, Environment and Behavior, Cities, Political Psychology, etc. and is an author of a recently published book Psychologia miejsca (Psychology of place). She is an editor in chief of the Polish journal Psychologia Społeczna (Social Psychology) and associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Course: Environmental Psychology

Dr. Michał Wróblewski

Dr. Michał Wróblewski, philosopher and sociologist, has PhD in philosophy. He is interested in post-marxist philosophy of politics and science and technology studies. Currently his research is focused on biomedicalization and social implications of biotechnological development. He has published book about Gramsci’s conception of hegemony. He is also author of many peer-reviewed articles.

Courses: Biotechnology and Society , Socio-materiality of health and illness. STS and medicine

Dr. Agnieszka Furmańska-Maruszak

Agnieszka Furmańska-Maruszak is a doctor in economics and works as an assistant professor in Social Policy Unit of the Institute of Sociology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She is a Junior Dekaban-Liddle Fellow. She is an expert of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Eurofound and belongs to the European Network For Social Policy Analysis ESPAnet. Her scientific interests are focused on economics of labour market, social innovations, human resources management and eldercare.

Course: The changing world of work – the economy and enterprises perspective

Dr. Łukasz M. Dominiak

Studied archaeology and ethnology. Holds a PhD degree in sociology. His scientific interests are focused mainly on history of social sciences and history of ideas.

Course: Invitation to Global History of Power

Dr. Adrian Wójcik

Adrian Wójcik – social psychologist who specializes in inter-group relations, cross-cultural research and conservation psychology – a sub-discipline of psychology that focuses on promoting pro-environmental attitudes and behavior. As an expert he cooperates with pro-environmental groups and institutions like: European Climate Foundation and WWF.

Course: Social Psychology