Taras Dobko, Ph. D.

Senior Vice Rector of the UCU

Last name: Dobko
First name: Taras
Date and place of birth: June 2, 1971, Lviv, Ukraine
Civil status: Married, 2 daughters

Ph.D.

1996–1998, 2003

International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein (Im Schwibboga 7 b-c. FL-9487 Bendern), summa cum laude

Dissertation: Happiness of the Human Person. A Phenomenological Study of the Disclosure of the Human Person in Happiness

M.A.

1993-1996

International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein (Im Schwibboga 7 b-c. FL-9487 Bendern), summa cum laudeThesis: Religious Faith and Metaphysical Conviction about God’s Existence: A Comparative Study

Specialist

1988-1993

Lviv National University, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Lviv, Ukraine, Diploma in Theoretical Mechanics, with distinction

2002 Research internship on Globalization and Identity, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA (two months)
2002 Italian Summer School, Mantova, Italy (one month)
2003 Italian Summer School, Mantova, Italy (one month)
2007 Research internship, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA (one month)
2007 Research internship, the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition in Poland and East-Central Europe OBTA, Warsaw University, Poland (two months)
2010 Research internship, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA (three months)
2013 Research internship, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA (four months)
2010 Ukrainian Catholic University, Philosophy Department, Certificate Program in European Studies Elites and Social Service (course: Elites in Contemporary Society and Culture)
2009 Ukrainian Catholic University, Philosophy Department, Certificate Program in European Studies Ethics and Public Life (courses: On the Essence of the Public Life: Freedom and/or Social Determination?, Culture as a ‘Lebenswelt’ of the Human Spirit)
2008 Ukrainian Catholic University, Philosophy Department, Certificate Program in European Studies The Other Europe: Exploring Alternatives (course: European Identity in Contemporary Ukrainian Discussions)
2007 Lviv National University, Ph.D. program in Social and Cultural Studies (doctoral seminar: Theory of Cultural and Social Present)
since 1998- Ukrainian Catholic University – Lviv Theological Academy, Faculty of Philosophy and Theology, Associate Professor in Philosophy (courses: Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Love)
1998-2004 St. N. Charnets’kyj Higher Theological Institute (CSsR), Lviv, Ukraine, Philosophy Lecturer (courses: Philosophical Propadeutics, Epistemology, Christian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion)
2005, May Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Institute of Theology, Philosophy, Culture and History, Tbilisi, Georgia, Philosophy Lecturer
since 2008 Senior Vice-Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University
2003-2008 Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Ukrainian Catholic University
2004-2010 Secretary of the Academic Senate, Ukrainian Catholic University
2005-2008 A member of the Board of Trustees, Ukrainian Catholic University
2000-2003 Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology, Ukrainian Catholic University – Lviv Theological Academy
1999-2000 Director of Registrar’s and Student Record Office, Lviv Theological Academy
2008-2012 A member of the Supervisory Board of the Lviv Business School, Ukrainian Catholic University
2008-2012 A Chair of the Project Board for the Stryiskyi Park University Campus Project, Ukrainian Catholic University
2011- A member of the Program Board of the Education Program of the International Renaissance Foundation
2009-2010 A member of the National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts in Ukraine (HERE team)
2007-2009 A member of the working group called for by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education to develop a state educational standard in theology
since 2007- A member of the International Humanities Association
2005-2009 A member of the working group of the project of the Consortium of the Ukrainian Universities “University autonomy as an integral part of the civil society”

Books:

  1. Project coordinator and co-editor of the philosophical series Anthology of Personalistic Thought
  2. Co-editor of the first book of the series Anthology of Personalistic Thought entitled Experiencing the Human Person. Essays in Philosophical Anthropology – Lviv: Svichado, 2000.
  3. Editor of the second book of the philosophical series Anthology of Personalistic Thought entitled Ethics by Dietrich von Hildebrand. – Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University, 2002.
  4. Editor of the third book of the series Anthology of Personalistic Thought entitled What is Philosophy? by Dietrich von Hildebrand. – Lviv: Koleso, 2008.

Selected Articles:

  1. “Personalism or the Human Person in Search of Identity” (in Ukrainian) // Foreword to the Ukrainian translation of the book Experiencing the Human Person. Essays in Philosophical Anthropology. – Lviv: Svichado, 2000: pp. 7-12.
  2. “The Role of Solidarity in Maintaining the Society Friendly to Dignity of the Human Person” (in Ukrainian) // The Proceedings of the Summer Seminar in Social Philosophy Social Market Economy and the Society Friendly to the Human Dignity. – Lviv: Lviv Theological Academy, 2001.
  3. “The Post-Modern Man as Confronted with the Question of God” (in Ukrainian) // Foreword to the Ukrainian translation of the book by Josef Zycinski God of the Post-Modernists. – Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University, 2004.
  4. “University Autonomy as a Way towards Free and Responsible University” (in Ukrainian) // Proceedings of the Seminar on University Autonomy as an Integral Part of the Civil Society. – Lviv: Ivan Franko National University, 2005.
  5. “Universality and Identity: Horizons of Human Existence” (in Ukrainian) // Богословія, Т.69 – Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University, 2005, pp. 146-162.
  6. “Problems and Challenges for the Reception of Theology and Theologian in Academic Community of the Contemporary Ukrainian University” (in Ukrainian) // The Proceedings of the conference of the new generation of theologians of the UGCC “Kairos”. – Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University, 2006.
  7. “Evidence and Truth in Edmund Husserl’s “Logical Investigations” (in Ukrainian) // The Proceedings of the interdisciplinary conference The Transformation of Thinking and Knowledge Paradigms in the Context of New Issues in Fundamental, Social, Practical and Applied Philosophy. – Lviv: Ivan Franko Lviv National University, 2007, pp. 19-21.
  8. “Academic Culture as a Prerequisite of the Advanced Management of the Contemporary Autonomous University” (in Ukrainian) // University Autonomy. – Kyiv: Dukh i Litera, 2008, pp. 93-102.
  9. “How to Do Philosophy?” (in Ukrainian) // Foreword to the Ukrainian translation of the book What is Philosophy? by Dietrich von Hildebrand – Lviv: Koleso, 2008, pp. 7-20.
  10. “Learning to Be Free: Freedom and its Counterfeits in Post-Soviet Ukraine” (in Polish) // Ethos, №81. – Lublin: Lublin Catholic University, 2008, pp. 38-49.
  11. “Happiness and Moral Autonomy of the Human Person: A Critical Reflection on Kant and von Hildebrand” (in English) // Topos. Journal for Philosophy and Cultural Studies, №2. – Vilnius: European Humanities University, 2010. P.108-121.
  12. “On the Foundational Principles of the Phenomenological Theory of Knowledge” (in Ukrainian) // Multyversum. Almanac in Philosophy, Nr. 10(98). – Kyiv, 2010. P.43-52.
  13. “St. Thomas on the Last End of Human Life in Summa Theologica, I-II” (in Ukrainian) // Journal of V.Karazin Kharkiv National University. Nr. 940. – Kharkiv-Sumy: 2011. P.84-89.
  14. “Kant on Happiness and Its Importance in Practical Life of the Human Person” (in Ukrainian) // Journal of Chernivtsi University. Nr. 534-535. Philosophy. – Chernivtsi: Y.Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, 2011. P.167-176.
  15. “Max Scheler on Ethical Significance of Different Ways with the Self” (in Ukrainian) // Journal of the National University “Ostroh Academy”. «Philosophy». Nr. 8. – Ostrih: 2011. P.341-353.
  16. “On Position and Proposition. Where Do the Ways of Religious Experience Lead Us?” (in Ukrainian) // Scholarly Proceedings of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Number ІІІ. Series Philosophy. Issue 1. – Lviv: 2012. P.227-245.
  17. “Intellectual and University: Obscurantism or Culture of the Intellect?” (in Ukrainian) // Journal «Ideology and Politics», http://ideopol.org/sites/default/files/ideopol.org/www/sites/default/files/2/5_UKR%20Dobko.pdf, September 2012.
  18. “Max Scheler on Religion and Philosophy: A Phenomenological Study of Their Distinction and Relationship” (in Ukrainian) // Hileya. Nr. 65. – Kyiv: 2012. P.307-313.
  19. “On the Nature of Religious Experience and Cognition: A Phenomenological Study” (in Ukrainian) (in Ukrainian) // Journal of the National University “Ostroh Academy”. Philosophy Series. #11 – Ostrih: 2012. P.417-432.
  20. “«God of Phenomenologists», as a Response to the Dilemma of «God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob» or «God of Philosophers»? (in Ukrainian) // Philosophy of Religion in Ukraine: Variations in Strategy of Understanding the Field. A collection of scholarly articles, ed. by A. Kolodnyy and O. Horkusha // Religious Studies in Ukraine, #64. – Kyiv: 2012. P.133-140.
  21. «University and Theological Education in Ukraine: the Autonomy of Knowledge and Intellectual Necessity of Theology» // Philosophical Thought: Special Issue of Sententiae ІІІ. «Christian Theology and Contemporary Philosophy», 2012 – Vinnytsya: Vinnytsya National Technical University, 2013. P.200-212.
  22. «Metaphysics of Festivity, or On the Metaphysical Presuppositions of Human Happiness» // Religion and Society. International Journal. №1(9). – Chernivtsi: Y.Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, 2013. – P.5-11.
  23. «Entelechy and Transtelechy: What the Human Person Cares About in His Practical Life?» // Journal of Chernivtsi University. Nr. 646-647. Philosophy. – Chernivtsi: Y.Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, 2013. – P.163-168.
  24. «Love and Happiness in the Philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand» // Hileya. Nr. 73. – Kyiv: 2013. P.179-182.
  25. «Phenomenology of Humility» // Humanities Studies. Nr.20. – Kyiv: Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, 2013. P.52-62.
  26. “Emancipating Higher Education in Ukraine from the Post-Soviet Legacy: A Problem of Trust and Academic Excellence” (in English) // Universidade em Debate, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Parana. – Curitiba, Brazil: 2012 (forthcoming).

Invited lectures and presentations:

  1. “Universal” and Local Cultures: the Limits and Horizons of Appreciation // Seminar on Globalization and Identity. USA, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America, 2002.
  2. “New Tendencies in Philosophy: Problems of Learning and Teaching” // International conference of the Academic Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Kharkiv, 2005.
  3. “Prospects for Developing Joint PhD Studies across Schengen Borders” // International Conference University Autonomy, Civil Society, and University’s Teaching Mission. Warsaw University, Warsaw, 2006.
  4. “Autonomy of Knowledge and Reason’s Appeal for Theology” // Round Table on The Autonomy of Knowledge: Intellectual Horizons and Institutional Challenges, International Conference University Autonomy, Civil Society, and University’s Teaching Mission. Warsaw University, Warsaw, 2006.
  5. “Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Philosophy of Freedom and Post-Soviet Ukraine as a Philosophical Event” // International Conference on Philosophical Legacy of Dietrich von Hildebrand. Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, 2007.
  6. “Obscurantism or Culture of Intellect” // International Congress of the ACLS HP, Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, 2007.
  7. “Ethos and Law in Ukrainian University” // Round Table. University of Economy and Law “КРОК”, Kyiv, 2008.
  8. “Culture of Academic Excellence and Solidarity: Why These Matter for Promoting Academic Freedom and University Autonomy in Ukraine” // International Meeting & Symposium Defending the University: Academic Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe. International Network Scholars at Risk. European Humanities University, Vilnus, 2008.
  9. “University and Theological Education in Russia: University Autonomy and Orthodox East” // International Conference on Elites, Public Debate and Higher Education Reform. Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies Artes Liberales, Warsaw University, Warsaw, 2008.
  10. “Non-Governament University in Ukraine: Testing for University Autonomy” // Round table on University Autonomy: International Experience and Ukraine. National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, 2009.
  11. “The Third Cycle of Higher Education: Basis Approaches in the Bologna Process and Ukrainian Situation” // Round table on The Implementation of the Bologna principlesand Problems of the Third Cycle of Higher Education in Ukraine. Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, 2010.
  12. “Ukraine and Russia: the problems in constructing the modern Ukrainian identity”, open lecture, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, December 2010.
  13. «Intellect and virtue in Catholic Universities today» // International conference «Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University», Catholic University of America, Washington. D.C., April 2011.
  14. «University as an autonomous institution and its role in promoting civil society: nowadays and future challenges» // International conference «Roads of Freedom», Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, October 2011.
  15. «The main approaches to “the tertiary cycle” (Ph.D.) in EHEA framework» // International Fulbright conference «Higher Education in Ukraine: internationalization, reform, innovation», Kyiv, April 2012.
  16. «Be great people!» // An address at the graduation ceremony of the Lviv Business School, June 2012.
  17. «La lotta continua», a presentation at the international seminar «Ethics and Religion in Contemporary World» with the participation of Charles Taylor, June 2012.
  18. «Culture universitas magistrorum et scholarium: how to build and develop it in the post-Soviet, post-colonial, and post-modern Ukrainian university?», a talk at the international seminar «Subjectivity of the student and teacher in the autonomous university», Lviv-Warsaw, October 2012.
  19. «What academic ethics we need and how to make it happen?», a talk at the international conference «From new academic culture to the corruption-free society», Lviv, November 2012.
  20. «The Church and the World: A Case-Study of the Phenomenon of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church», a talk at the international seminar «The Church and the World: Disjunctions in a Secular Age» with the participation of Charles Taylor, Vienna, June 2013
  • classical phenomenology and phenomenological epistemology;
  • secularism and secularization in post-modern culture; philosophy of religion;
  • social and philosophical analysis of the concept of rationality in European culture;
  • homo post-sovieticus in Ukrainian context; university autonomy and academic culture
  • English – advanced;
  • Russian – fluent;
  • Polish – advanced (speaking and reading);
  • German – intermediate (reading)