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1 Studying Philosophy at Exeter Dr. Edward Skidelsky

2 What is Philosophy?

3 Choose Philosophy if… … you like asking questions such as: –Does the world outside my mind exist? How do I know? –Could a machine ever think? –What makes actions good or bad? –Why do we say that a carrot is alive, and a stone isnt? –What is the meaning of life?

4 Choose Philosophy if… You want to come up with your own rigorous answers to such questions!

5 The Philosophers skills: Rigorous, logical thinking Ability to analyse arguments Ability to provide reasons for ones own views

6 Employment Possibilities: Law Journalism Any job that requires you to develop clear and rigorous arguments Exeter takes employment seriously. Despite the hard economic times, we have improved our employment record year-on-year: over 90 per cent of students get a job or further study place within six months of graduating.

7 Why Philosophy at Exeter? Top 10 in the UK for both Philosophy in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 6 th in the UK for research Flexibility to tailor your degree around your own interests Distinctive interdisciplinary approach with philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists working together in teaching and research Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, USA, Australia and elsewhere The department has particular strengths in the philosophy of science and in social, political and moral philosophy. We are one of the foremost centres for the philosophy of biology in the UK and in the world.

8 Single Honours Philosophy

9 The single honours philosophy degree is divided into core and optional modules. This gives you a solid grounding in the central areas of philosophy, and enables you to develop your own interests. Each year, you will do between 6 and 8 modules. Up to two of these can be from departments outside philosophy.

10 Year 1 Core Modules: –Knowledge & Reality –Philosophical Readings –Evidence and Argument –Introduction to Philosophical Analysis Optional Modules: –Philosophy and Film –Philosophical Reading –Modules from other departments

11 Year 2 Optional Modules: –Philosophy of Mind –Philosophy of Nature –Ethics –Social Philosophy –Philosophy of Science –Modules from other departments

12 Year 3 Optional modules: –Philosophical Readings –Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology –Mythologies of Transhumanism –Theories of Liberty Core module: –Dissertation

13 Philosophy Dissertation topics Examples: A comparison of the self in Hume and Buddhism Arguments in favour of and against torture Should pornography be made illegal?

14 More information about modules rees/baphilosophy/structure/

15 Joint Honours Philosophy

16 Philosophy is available in combination with a wide variety of other subjects in Exeter. Philosophy and Political Economy (PPE) Classical Studies and Philosophy Philosophy and Modern Languages Philosophy and History Philosophy and Politics Philosophy and Sociology Philosophy and Theology Flexible Combined Honours

17 Studying Abroad All philosophy degrees come with a study abroad option. This enables you to spend your third year studying in another country, returning to finish your degree at Exeter in the 4 th year. Exeter has 180 partner universities in countries all across the world. Last year 400 Exeter students studied abroad.

18 Choosing your programme Teaching and assessment

19 Teaching methods Lectures (30-100 students) Tutorials (12-15 students) Office hours (one-to-one) 10 contact hours per week.

20 Assessment Essays Exams Dissertation Presentations Participation Final degree = 1/3 second yr + 2/3 third yr

21 Further information Mr. Dave Morning, Department Administrator Tel. 01392 263276

22 A Topic in Ethics. Two cousins are visiting their sick grandmother in hospital. One takes pleasure in the visit. The other regards it as a boring duty. Question: which of the two cousins has acted better?

23 A Topic in Ethics. John is in serious debt, and rings his friends for help. One of them offers him money gladly. Another also offers him money, but without any pleasure, because he knows it is the right thing to do. Question: which of Johns two friends is more generous?

24 A Topic in Ethics. Two soldiers go into battle. One is full of excitement. The other is terrified, but manages to control his fear. Question: which of the two soldiers is braver?

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