Philosophy is the study of fundamental problems about the nature of knowledge and reality, and about our moral and political ideas. Philosophy considers extremely general and ‘ultimate’ problems, such as the nature of reality, the purpose of human existence, and the basis of knowledge. It also scrutinizes the methods that are used to answer such questions.
Throughout the degree our approach emphasizes the values of the analytic school: rigour, clarity and thinking for one self. But its content extends well beyond the analytic tradition and its main preoccupations. Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, practicals and supervisions.
Compulsory four core papers:
|Assessment First University examinations: predominantly written papers;|
There are two compulsory papers:
Choose two further subjects from:
|Assessment In Parts IB and II one written examination can be substituted with two extended essays of 3,000-4,000 words.|
|COURSE IIA Papers recently available include:
In addition, there may be a Special Subject which changes from time to time.
|Assessment one written examination can be substituted with two extended essays of 3,000-4,000 words. Part II offers the additional alternative of submitting a dissertation of 6,000-8,000 words on a subject of your choice.|
The course is designed to accommodate the many students studying philosophy for the first time. In the first year, you acquire the reasoning skills that enable you to tackle philosophical problems and to think intelligently about abstract questions generally, not just gather information about who said what. Therefore, you’re encouraged to approach topics in your own way and we organize regular discussion groups for first- and second-year students.
Years 2 and 3 focus on areas that particularly interest you. Part IB is about exploring the philosophical aspects of a range of issues, both practical and theoretical.
Our objective in Part II is to provide you with an understanding of various contemporary debates and to familiarize you with current philosophical concepts. Lectures involve exploring current and new positions on debates, and you participate in seminar discussions on advanced subjects.
There are no compulsory papers and you choose four from an extensive range of subjects. These include most of those mentioned above, studied at a more advanced level, as well as several papers covering new areas(mentioned above).