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The joint courses containing philosophy are the following:

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Course Handbooks
Informal Description of Courses

Selection Criteria:
Criteria of Admission for PPE
Criteria of Admission for Philosophy in other joint degree courses
Criteria of Admission For the Mathematical Sciences Admissions Group

The philosophical subjects included in the final examinations of the above courses are the following (all are available in all courses unless otherwise stated):

  • History of philosophy from Descartes to Kant
  • Knowledge and reality
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of science and philosophy of psychology and neuroscience
  • Philosophy of science and social science
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of logic and language
  • Aesthetics and the philosophy of criticism
  • Medieval philosophy
  • Continental philosophy from Descartes to Leibniz
  • The philosophy of Kant
  • Post-Kantian philosophy
  • Plato, Republic (in translation)
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (in translation)
  • Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein
  • The later philosophy of Wittgenstein
  • Formal logic
  • Intermediate philosophy of physics
  • Advanced philosophy of physics (Physics and Philosophy only)
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Plato, Theaetetus and Sophist (Classics only)
  • Aristotle, Physics (Classics only)
  • Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism (Classics only)
  • Cicero, Seneca, selected texts (Classics only)
  • Special subjects, as from time to time specified
  • Thesis
In addition, students in Classics can study the following texts in the original language:
  • Plato, Republic
  • Plato, Theaetetus and Sophist
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Aristotle, Physics
  • Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism
  • Cicero, Seneca, selected texts
Some of the above subjects are compulsory in one or other of the courses containing Philosophy. In addition, each joint course has some philosophy subject or subjects as part of its First Public Examination, normally taken in the first year.

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