Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences

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Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences
Former names
Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (FFDI)
TypeJesuit, Catholic
Established1662; 360 years ago (1662)
ChancellorDalibor Renić
DeanProf. Ivan Koprek
Jordanovac 110, HR-10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
WebsiteFFRZ[dead link]

Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences (FFRZ) is a part of the University of Zagreb, Croatia It remains a work of the Society of Jesus and traces its origins to 1662.


FFRZ in Zagreb began as a Jesuit school of philosophy on 6 November 1662 with the establishment of the Philosophy Department at Zagreb College, which would become the University of Zagreb.[1]

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (FFDI) closed in 1773 due to the suppression of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit philosophy school in Zagreb did not reopen until 1937, when it offered a three-year course leading to the licentiate in philosophy, as it does today.[2]

On 31 July 1989 the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See decreed that the Faculty of Philosophy could confer the baccalaureate, licentiate, and doctorate in philosophy.[3]

With a decision of 7 October 1992, the Ministry of Science and Technology entered FFDI into the register as a Scientific Research Organization in philosophy and it became a part of the Croatian Studies Department of the University of Zagreb.

On 8 December 2016, the Senate of the University of Zagreb determined that FFDI would become a faculty and equal component of the University under the title Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences (FFRZ).[4][2]

Teaching program[edit]

Undergraduates may major in Philosophy and Religious Sciences, Philosophy, or Philosophy and Latin Language. Graduate students may major in Philosophy or Religious Science. FFRZ also offers post-graduate studies.[5]

FFRZ has a formal relationship with Laudato TV to "work together to promote and implement educational, cultural and scientific activities in the Christian and humanistic atmosphere".[6]

Research and symposium[edit]

In 2017 there were two current research studies at the Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences:

  • Practical ethics and commitment to the common good in times of crisis. Is there a place for virtue in Croatian society?
  • Christian philosophy within the Croatian philosophy of the 20th century.[7]

On 5 May 2017 a symposium was held on "Religions and Migration: Displaced Persons and Refugees".[8]


The faculty is led by a chancellor and his deputy along with a dean and vice-dean. The chancellor is Arturo Sosa, General Superior of the Society of Jesus based in Rome. His deputy is Dalibor Renić, Provincial Superior of the Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus based in Zagreb. The dean is Prof. Ivan Koprek,[9] The Faculty Council is composed of all regular and extraordinary professors and the Faculty Conference includes all current lecturers, student representatives, and faculty officials.[10]

Further references[edit]

  • Croatian studies
  • Jesuits in Croatia


  1. "Izdvojeno 7.11.2017. – Dan Fakulteta filozofije i religijskih znanosti". LaudatoTV (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 prekimaster. "O fakultetu". www.ffdi.hr (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  3. "Philosophers in Jesuit Education Missions Page". www.slu.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  4. Konecki, Mario Konecki, Mladen. "Filozofski fakultet Družbe Isusove postaje 34. sastavnica Sveučilišta u Zagrebu". www.unizg.hr (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  5. prekimaster. "Poslijediplomski studij". www.ffdi.hr (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  6. Robi. "HRsvijet.net - Laudato TV ostvarila suradnju s Fakultetom filozofije i religijskih znanosti". hrsvijet.net (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  7. prekimaster. "Znanstveni projekti". www.ffdi.hr (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  8. ""Religije i migracije: prognanici i izbjeglice" – znanstveni simpozij - Book". Book (in hrvatski). 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. "Dr. Ivan Koprek novi dekan Fakulteta filozofije i religijskih znanosti". HRK. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  10. prekimaster. "Uprava". www.ffdi.hr (in hrvatski). Retrieved 2017-11-18.

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