Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences (IPSAS)




The Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (founded 1946) carries out research in the fields of logic, methodology of sciences, social and political philosophy as well as history of philosophy including history of philosophical and political thought in Slovakia.


Current research projects:

  1. Methodology of Social Sciences and Humanities. Key words: social sciences and humanities, law, rule, norm, explanation, methods (2003-2005)
  2. Interpretation and Legitimacy Systems in the Changing Society. Key words: value, norm, choice, social change, determination, tradition (2003-2005)
  3. Scientific Method. Structure, Qualities, Status, Scientific Knowledge. Key words: methodology, knowledge, paradigm, explanation, rationality (2003-2005)
  4. Changes of Slovak Philosophical Thought in the 20th Century. Key words: philosophy, history, problems, institutions, Slovakia (2004-2006)
  5. Jan Patočka – His Place and Reception in the Central European Context. Key words: phenomenology - Czech, German, Slovak (2003-2005)

The Institute’s researchers are involved in teaching at universities. The Institute provides doctoral study programmes and at present has 9 PhD Students.

The Institute publishes two journals Filozofia and Organon F. Filozofia is issued 10 times a year and covers a wide range of themes across philosophical study. Organon F, founded in 1994, provides a forum for discussions in analytic philosophy.


Description of staff involved in the project


Tatiana Sedová studied philosophy at Comenius University (graduating in 1977). She completed her Ph.D. at the Comenius University in 1984 (thesis on Structure of Action) having lectured at the same university between 1977 and 1987. In 1987 she started to work at the Department for Philosophy at the Slovak Academy of Sciences as a researcher, then as a senior researcher. She worked primarily in the areas of methodology, epistemology and social philosophy. She is the author of Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Knowledge (Stimul, 2000), co-author of three other books and one textbook, numerous articles on the methodology of science, epistemology, political and social philosophy. She is currently working on a monograph about the status of facts in social sciences. She became associate professor in 2000 and later professor of philosophy.

She was awarded fellowships at LSE of London, King’s College London, J. W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Stockholm University, CUA Washington and CNRS Paris. She was awarded together with co-translator M. Zouhar by LITFOND the translation prize in 2000. (K. Lehrer Theory of Knowledge)

In 2001 she was nominated and finally elected the Vice-President in charge of social sciences and humanities of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. She is also a fellow of Scientific Board of Comenius and Prešov Universities. She is a member of the Steering Committee for programme ESF From Natural Philosophy to Science, member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the European Social Survey of the ESF. She is engaged in promoting women scientists and young scientists and networking across institutions in order to make female and young scientists more visible. She launched monitoring of the situation of female scientists in the Slovak Academy of Sciences and, as editor in chief, published a book on this subject under title Women and Science in the SAS (Veda, 2003).






Lívia Bíziková was born in Nové Zámky (Slovakia) in 1975. After the completion of her secondary education, she studied at the Comenius University in Bratislava, in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. She obtained a master’s degree (MsC.) in mathematics and biology). The during the next two years, she successfully completed postgraduate courses in economics and policy, and at the same time worked at Comenius University at the department of biostatics. In 2000, she started her PhD. program in the Institute for Forecasting of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. From that time, she has also been the program co-coordinator of the Information and Documentation Center for Gender and Women’s Issues based in the women’s NGO, Aspekt. Her practical work within this project involved media monitoring and commutation with other women’s organizations and the preparation of a women’s organization database in Slovakia, part of a 12 country regional network. She also participated in the preparation of a national report on the segregation of the labour market and is involved in the assessment of the impacts of economic problems on women from regional perspectives. In 2004 she participated in the summer school: Endangering macroeconomic policies organized by Hienrich Böll Stiftung.

Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.