Departament of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge


Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 4
20-031 Lublin


Department members conduct research in the following subdisciplines of philosophy: epistemology, ontology, theories of information, theory of media and communication, philosophy of music, philosophy of mind, philosophy of nature and natural sciences. They also perform philosophical analyses in the following areas of science: cognitive science, physics, biology, the biomedical sciences, sociology.

   Marek Hetmański, associate professor – head of department   

Research areas: epistemology, cognitive science, theories of information and communication, philosophy of artificial intelligence, philosophy of technology, social and technological aspects of cognition and knowledge

University courses: epistemology, theories of information, theories of knowledge, social dimension of cognition and knowledge acquisition, philosophy of cognitive science, cognitive aspects of painting



Epistemologia informacji [Epistemology of Information], Copernicus Center Press, Kraków 2013.

Edited volumes

Epistemology - From Old Dilemmas to New Perspectives, „Dialogue and Universalism”, vol. XVIII, no 7-8/2008.

Culture, Communication and Cognition, “Dialogue and Universalism”, vol. XXIII, no 1/2013 (with Marcin Trybulec).



Articles and conference papers

Telework - the very idea, In Proceedings of New International Perspectives on Telework: From Telecommuting to the Virtual Organization, Brunel University, London 1996, 195-205.

Internetand Electronic Democracy. In L. Koczanowicz, B. J. Singer (Eds.) Democracy and the Post-Totalitarian Experience, VIBS, vol. 167, Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York 2005, 139-147.



Artificial Intelligence: The Myth of Information Science, In M. M. Zydowo (Ed.), Ethical Problems in the Rapid Advancement of Science, Polish Academy of  Sciences, Warsaw 2006, 46-58.



Synergetic Information Society: From Analogue to Digital Mind In H. Hrachovec, A.Pichler (Eds), Philosophy of Information Society, 30th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 207, 84-86.

Epistemology as Philosophy of Knowledge - Old Dilemmas and New Perspectives, “Dialogue and Universalism”, vol. XVIII, no 7-9, s. 11-28.


Technologized Epistemology, In M. Miłkowski, K. Talmont-Kamiński (eds.) Beyond  Description. Normativity In Naturalised Philosophy, College Publications, London 2010, s. 112-132.



Rationality and Uncertainty, In Ch. Jäger, W. Löffler (Eds.) Epistemology: Disagreement, Context, Values, 34th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2011, 113-115.



Information Overload and Information Needs, In W. Karwowski, J. Kantola (eds.) Science, Technology, Higher Education and Society in the Conceptual Age, Taylor & Francis, London, New York 2013, s. 549-558.



Uncertain Knowledge in the Theory of Bounded Rationality, In V. Yevtuh, R. Radzik, A. Kisla (eds.) Ethnosociological and Epistemological Discourse in Scientific Space, Kiev 2013, s.181-200.

The actual role of metaphors in knowledge organization, In W. Babik (ed.), “Advances in Knowledge Organization”, vol. 14, Ergon Verlag, Wűrzburg 2014, s. 73-79.



Why Truth Still Matters in Science and Philosophy?, “Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa” 4(202), 2014, s. 257-262.

Cognitive Needs and Information Demands in Education. How Technology Shapes Education Systems, [w] R. Radzik, A. Kisla (eds.) Contemporary Educational Challenges, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press, Lublin 2015, s. 115-127.

 Metaphoric Confinment of Information, “Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric” 40(53), 2015, s. 161-178.



   Janusz Jusiak, full professor   

Research areas: the temporal dimension of cognition and action-taking, the analysis of mutual relation between weltanschauung, knowledge and faith, theory and philosophy of music

University courses: ontology, an introduction to philosophy, selected problems of contemporary ontology, an introduction to main problems of philosophy of music, epistemology, philosophy


   Andrzej Łukasik, associate professor  

Research areas: philosophy of nature and natural sciences, philosophical issues in quantum mechanics and theory of relativity, the applications of some parts of quantum mechanics formalism to the modelling of cognitive processes and decision-making

University courses: an introduction to philosophy, philosophy of nature, philosophical cosmology, quantum mechanics for cognitive scientists, the history of philosophy with elements of philosophy of nature, physical foundations of cognitive processes, philosophical issues in quantum mechanics, philosophy of physics, philosophy of natural sciences (seminar for undergraduates and PhD students)


Articles and conference papers

Theory of the Infrared Spectrum of Size-Quantized Bi Films, „Physica Status Solidi” 1986, (b), nr 137 (607), s. 607-617, (with M. Załużny).

The Influence of the Size-Quantization on the Fermi Energy and the Effective Mass in Bi Films, „Physica Status Solidi” 1987, (b) nr 144 (575) 1987, s. 575-584, (with M. Załużny).

Atomism Today. Classical and Quantum Concepts of Elementary Particles, „Dialogue and Universalism” 2008, No. 2, p. 31-38.


   Andrzej Kubić, Ph.D.   

Research areas: epistemology, the importance of skepticism for epistemology and cognitive science

University courses: epistemology, an introduction to philosophy


   Marcin Trybulec, Ph.D.   

Research areas: technological factors in cognition, epistemology of cognitive technologies, philosophy of communication

University courses: an introduction to the theory of communication, interpersonal communication, cognitive aspects of communication, media and communication in information society


Edited volumes

Culture, Communication and Cognition, “Dialogue and Universalism”, vol. XXIII, no 1/2013 (with Marek Hetmański).



Articles and conference papers

Medium Theory and Technological Determinism. Taking Accusations of Technological Determinism  Seriously, [w:] McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media. Proceedings of centennial conference,(eds.) Y. Van Den Eede, J. Bauwens, J. Beyl (et al.) , Brussels, Free University Press  2012, s. 289-295.

Between Media and Cultural Practices: Searching  for Identity of the Toronto School, “Dialogue and Universalism”, (1), 2013, s. 37-51.


Beyond Relativism and Ethnocentrism. The Significance  of Communication Technologies for Investigations Regarding Rationality,  [w:] Ethnosociological and Epistemological  Discourse in Scientific Space, (eds.) V. Yevtukh, R. Radzik, G. Kisla,  M.P. Dragomanov National Pedagogical University Press, Kiev 2013, s. 213-228.


How the ‘Extended Mind Thesis Helps to Solve a Fundamental Dilemma of Literacy Theory?, “Avant”, 2013 nr 2 (4), p. 81-96.

Lost in transcription: Language between speaking and writing, [w:] Mind, Language and Action, Proceedings of 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium, vol. XXI, (eds.) D. Moyal-Sharrock, Volker A. Munz, A. Coliva, , Kirchberg am Wechsel 2013, s. 424-427.             

Bridging the gap between writing and cognition: materiality of written vehicles reconsidered, “Pragmatics and Cognition”, 2013, 3(21) s. 469-483.


   Marcin Rządeczka, Ph.D.   

Research areas: philosophy of biology, history of life sciences, an evolutionary perspective on rationality, evolutionary epistemology

courses: evolutionary biology for cognitive scientists, biomedical foundations of behaviour, philosophy of medicine with elements of bioethics, philosophy of cognitive science, theories of information


Articles and conference papers

The theory of evolution and its implications, “Hybris”, nr 12, 2011, s. 97-107.



Evolutionary biology and some contemporary debates on the question about the origin of language, “Dialogue and Universalism”, nr 1, 2013, s. 151-160.


The limitations of evolutionary psychology. A philosophical analysis [w:] Philosophers’ Rally 2012. Selected Papers, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.



   Zdzisław Cackowski, professor emeritus 


   PhD candidates   

Kamila Kosiak, M.A. – research supervisor - Professor M. Hetmański

Research area: psychological and epistemological analysis of outstanding cognitive capacities

Miłosz Kudela, M.A. –  research supervisor - Professor J. Jusiak

Research area: idealism as a source of the contemporary metaphysical naturalism

Beata Fijołek, M.A. –  research supervisor - Professor A. Łukasik

Research area: humanistic naturalism of Helena Eilstein

Marcin Szymajda, M.A. – research supervisor - Professor A. Łukasik

Research area: quantum models of cognitive acts and decision-making processes


Head of Department:
Professor Marek Hetmański
phone: +48 81 537 54 90

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