#Philosophy reading List – Module by Module

History of philosophy from Descartes to Kant

  • R.S.Woolhouse, The Empiricists
  • J.Cottingham, The Rationalists (both O.U.P. Opus series).

Knowledge and reality

  • Jonathan Dancy, Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology ( Oxford), chs. 1-3; Michael J. Loux, Metaphysics (Routledge)


  • John Mackie, Ethics (Penguin), chs. 1-2

Philosophy of mind

  • Paul Churchland, Matter and Consciousness ( Cambridge) chs. 1-3.

Philosophy of cognitive science

  • Don Gillies, Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century (Blackwells)
  • Paul Churchland, Matter and Consciousness ( Cambridge) chs. 1-3.
  • Bermúdez, J. L. 2010. Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Davies, M. ‘An approach to philosophy of cognitive science’, in F. Jackson & M. Smith (eds.)The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy (Oxford: O.U.P., 2005). (Also available on Weblearn.)
  • Clark, A. (2001), Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Oxford, OUP).

Philosophy of  science and social science

  • Martin Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Science ( Cambridge); Alexander Rosenberg,Philosophy of Social Science (Westview).

Philosophy of religion

  • M. Peterson and other authors, Reason and Religious Belief, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press)

Philosophy of logic and language

  • Mark Sainsbury, ‘Philosophical Logic’, in Philosophy, a Guide through the Subject, edited by A. C. Grayling ( Oxford).

Aesthetics and the philosophy of criticism

  • Malcolm Budd, Values of Art (Penguin)

Medieval philosophy

  • Text: Summa Theologiae, Ia, 2-11, 75-89; Ia IIae, 1-21.
  • Anthony Kenny, Aquinas; F.C. Copleston, Aquinas; B. Davies, The Thought of Thomas Aquinas (O.U.P.)
  • The subject will be studied in one of two sets of texts (The fathers of the English Dominican Province edition, 1911, rev. 1920):
  • Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Ia, 2-11, 75-89, which covers the following topics: arguments for the existence of God; God’s essence and existence; God and goodness; God and time; the soul in relation to the body; individual intellects; perception and knowledge; free will; the soul and knowledge.
  • Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Ia IIae 1-10, 90-97, covering the following topics: natural and supernatural happiness; voluntary action; the will; natural and universal law; human law.
  • R. Cross, Duns Scotus; M. McCord Adams, William Ockham, vol. 1.
  • Scotus: Philosophical Writings, tr. Wolter (Hackett), chapters II-IV, pp. 13-95 (man’s natural knowledge of God; the existence of God; the unicity of God); Five texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals, tr. Spade (Hackett), pp. 57-113 (universals, individuation).
  • Ockham: Philosophical Writings, tr. Boehner (Hackett), pp. 18-27 (intuitive and abstractive cognition); pp. 97-126 (the possibility of natural theology, the existence of God); Five texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals, tr. Spade (Hackett), pp. 114-231 (universals).

Continental philosophy from Descartes to Leibniz/ Post Kantian Philosophy

  • Robert C. Solomon, Continental Philosophy since 1750: The Rise and Fall of the Self(O.U.P.).

The philosophy of Kant

  • Critique of Pure Reason , trans. Norman Kemp Smith (Macmillan);
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals , trans, H.J. Paton ( Hutchinson).
  • Roger Scruton, Kant.

Theory of Politics

  • Will Kymlicka, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction (O.U.P.)

Plato, Republic (in translation)

  • Julia Annas, An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Introduction and ch. 1.
  • Set translation: Plato: Republic, tr Grube, revised Reeve (Hackett).

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (in translation)

  • J. L. Ackrill, Aristotle the Philosopher, ch. 10.
  • Set translation: Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics translated and with notes by T.H. Irwin (Hackett).

Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein

  • Anthony Kenny, Frege (Penguin) and Wittgenstein (Penguin); J. O. Urmson, Philosophical Analysis.

The later philosophy of Wittgenstein

  • The texts: try Philosophical Investigations paras 1-80; Blue Book pp. 1-17; Saul Kripke:Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (Blackwell); Marie
  • McGinn: Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations (Routledge, 1997, in the Routledge Philosophy Guidebooksseries)

Formal logic

  • George S. Boolos and Richard C. Jeffrey, Computability and Logic ( Cambridge, 3rd edn.)

Intermediate philosophy of physics
Advanced philosophy of physics (Physics and Philosophy only)

  • D. Albert, Time and Chance ( Harvard University Press)
  • G. Nerlich, The Shape of Space ( Cambridge, 2 nd Ed.)
  • L. Sklar, Physics and Chance

Philosophy of mathematics

  • Stephen F. Barker, Philosophy of Mathematics (Prentice-Hall).