Philosophy Papers available in the Final Honour Schools of PPE; Literae Humaniores (Classics); Philosophy and Modern Languages; Philosophy and Theology; Physics and Philosophy; Mathematics and Philosophy; Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics; Computer Science and Philosophy.
Each Final Honour School has regulations about which subjects are required. Certain combinations of subjects are not permitted. This information and the official syllabuses for subjects may be found in the Examination Regulations, and it is these which form the framework within which exam questions on a paper must be set.
To help your choices, below are brief, informal descriptions of the papers, followed in some cases by suggested introductory reading. You should always consult your tutor about your choice of options, noting also the advice in the next paragraph.
You should note that the Examination Regulations remain the ultimate authority on what options may be offered within your degree. Students are both strongly advised to check the Regulations before making a decision on what to study.
Normal Prerequisites (indicated by NP)
In what follows, you will find that some subjects are named as ‘normal prerequisites’ for the study of others. For instance: 112 The Philosophy of Kant (NP 101) means that those studying 112, Kant, would either normally be expected to have studied 101 (Early Modern Philosophy), or to have undertaken relevant background reading in the history of philosophy, as suggested by their tutor. In some cases alternatives are given as the prerequisite, e.g. 107 Philosophy of Religion (NP 101 or 102) means that those studying 107, Philosophy of Religion, would normally be expected either to have studied 101 (Early Modern Philosophy) or 102 (Knowledge and Reality), or to have undertaken relevant preparatory work in one or other of those areas, as suggested by their tutor. In cases of doubt students are encouraged to consult their tutors and establish with them, in their individual circumstances, what the best options are.
Some ancient philosophy papers are undergoing a process of revision: namely, Aristotle’s Physics, Plato’s Theaetetus and Sophist, Sextus Empiricus, and Latin Philosophy. They are likely to be replaced by papers with a similar focus, but slightly different format. Students considering taking any of these options should make further enquiries with their tutors or with Philosophy Faculty as to their availability in the near future.