What will I study?
Philosophy is the oldest of all academic subjects and every discipline has a philosophical aspect to it. Discursive argument, analytical skills and the evaluation of evidence all originated in philosophical thought. This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. Students
will develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy.
At AS Level you will concentrate on a number of key philosophical questions intended to provide students with a broad introduction to Philosophy. For instance: Who am I? What can I know? Why should I be moral? What is beauty? Is science true?
In year two you will specialise further, selecting two themes to study in depth and focusing on philosophical problems through the study of a key text. The issues dealt with will include the state of nature, human rights, law and morality, crime and punishment and just war. The books studied in depth will be Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil and Plato’s Republic.
There are also opportunities to join study trips to Athens or Berlin, Rome and Sicily. The department also organises an annual Philosophy conference.
Philosophy complements and enhances the study of all the arts and sciences and every subject has a philosophical aspect to it. As such, this course provides a strong grounding for those wishing to pursue a wide range of subject areas at degree level.
Alternatively, students may consider direct entry into employment.
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