• Tuition fee 3465
  • Currency £
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Educational Form taught
  • Language English
  • Scolarships and other features payed
  • Programme Description

    At Cambridge, argument and dialogue are considered the best way to get to grips with the questions involved, and you’ll have debates with some cutting-edge philosophers.
    Why Philosophy?

    Do you enjoy constructing and demolishing arguments on the pros and cons of general issues? Do you relish puzzle-solving of various kinds? Do you like subjects such as mathematics which emphasise rigorous thought?

    If so, you might well find that philosophy’s the right subject for you.
    Philosophy aims to consider problems which are extremely general and in some sense ‘ultimate’, such as the nature of reality, the purpose of human existence, the basis of knowledge, and the foundations of value. It also scrutinises and evaluates the methods that are used to answer such questions.

    Examples of philosophical issues are: what is art? Do communities of people need governments, and if so, why? Is it rational to sacrifice your own interests to promote the welfare of others? Is reincarnation a logical possibility? What reasons do we have for thinking that there’s a physical world independent of us or that there are minds other than our own? Are human beings just complicated neurophysiological machines or do they have minds in addition to their bodies? Is there an objective standard for what’s right and good? Are there any methods for attaining genuine knowledge? Could there be alternative systems of logic or mathematics?
    Why Cambridge?

    To start with, there are three good reasons: Bertrand Russell, G E Moore and Ludwig Wittgenstein. These three Cambridge scholars transformed the discipline of philosophy during the first half of the twentieth century and made Cambridge the most important centre for philosophy in the English-speaking world. Along with Frank Ramsey and others, they developed the analytic style of philosophy which is now prominent throughout much of the world and which continues to flourish in Cambridge. Today, Cambridge remains one of the best places to get a grounding in analytic philosophy.

    Another reason is that Cambridge offers one of the few courses in which it’s possible to concentrate entirely on philosophy without taking any other subject, even as a subsidiary (although you can diversify within the subject if you wish).


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