Prof. Mario Wenning receives Best Essay Award

Sculpture - Les trois grâces (2010) by Jaume Plensa Mario Wenning from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies won the “2019 Dao ...

27 Jul 2020


Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme hosts Conference on “Philosophy of Gambling”

  On October 18-19, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme hosted the international conference “Philosophy of Gambling” in coll...

21 Oct 2019


20th Century Philosophy in Macau: Visiting of Prof. Walter Schweidler in UM

Visiting of Prof. Walter Schweidler in UM Phenomenologist and political philosopher, Prof. Walter Schweidler, paid a visit to University of ...

24 Sep 2019


Prof. Hans-Georg Moeller from the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme receives Best Essay Award

Prof. Hans-Georg Moeller receives the "2018 Dao Best Essay Award” together with Paul J. D’Ambrosio (East China Normal University) and Hans-R...

5 Jun 2019


As a core discipline of the humanities, we pursue the perennial questions essential to human beings. These range from questions regarding the relationship between justice and the good life to the nature of human cognition and the significance of beauty. We form a vibrant international community of faculty members and students connected through a shared commitment to the pursuit of wisdom through rigorous, passionate, careful, historically informed and innovative reasoning.


  • Our unit offers a rigorous core curriculum in philosophy and religious studies that attracts students from different disciplines.
  • The unit offers a minor and a PhD program. Our research-intensive PhD program has been highly successful in attracting students from top universities in the region and globally. The program currently has a 100% placement record of PhD graduates.
  • We have taken on a leadership role in university-wide GE education, specifically in the areas of ethics, values, and Asian cultures.

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  • The unit regularly organizes high-profile international lecture series and conferences, for instance by hosting the biennial Hong Kong-Singapore-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy.
  • We actively promote academic cooperation and student exchange with selected international partner institutions.
  • We have been serving the local community by delivering talks and organizing workshops at high schools and in museums.
  • We organize film series, host philosophy café sessions and work with faith-related organizations (e.g. by offering “Exemplar Reasoning” sessions).




The Programme is one of the most research-active and internationally visible units at the University of Macau. Areas of research focus include Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Social and Political Thought as well as Philosophy of Mind and Cognition.

Faculty members are on the editorial boards of a number of international journals and have taken on leadership roles in such professional organizations as the Academie du Midi, the Templeton Cluster Group on Religious Diversity, the Karl Jaspers Society, and the European Society for the Philosophy of Religion.