Study Philosophy with Oxford Summer Courses

Philosophy is the study of how arguments are put together and taken apart, you will see how arguments are constructed using premises that move to conclusions; and how such arguments can be questioned by attacking the implicit starting assumptions, and by unpicking the thorny question of whether the premises entail the claimed conclusion. Oxford has been at the pinnacle of the study of philosophy for over 800 years, and many of the world’s greats have taught or lectured here. Our philosophy tutors work within this challenging and stimulating department that leads the world in teaching and research.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Philosophy course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Oxford Summer Courses’ Philosophy programme is ordinarily taught through four seminars and one one-hour tutorial per week. All readings and seminar questions will be circulated prior to the seminars. Importantly, the topic of the tutorials is decided in discussion between students and tutors, as this is an opportunity for students to develop and explore their interests in a small group session.

By developing the skills necessary to make strong arguments and deconstruct the arguments of others, studying philosophy is invaluable training for studying any Arts degree at University or any occupation that requires making and analysing arguments.

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  • Philosophy- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our Philosophy course for 16-17 years olds looks at developing the skills necessary to both deconstruct and construct strong arguments. You'll discuss the ideas of free will and existentialism, as well as digging deep into theories around the human condition, giving you a fantastic overview of a fascinating subject. It's the perfect preparation for anyone looking to study an Arts degree at university.

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Philosophy for 13-15 year olds is covered in our Arts and Humanities course, so why not head over and have a look at our course page by clicking the link below?

10-12 years

  • 1,2,3 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality accommodation at Wycombe Abbey
  • Around 15 students per class
  • All meals included

Philosophy for 10-12 year olds is covered in our Arts and Humanities course, so why not head over and have a look at our course page by clicking the link below?

Staff

Luke Davies

Luke Davies

Luke Davies is a DPhil candidate in philosophy at Merton College, Oxford. Prior to starting the DPhil, he completed the BPhil (also in philosophy) at Brasenose College, Oxford. His undergraduate degree (in philosophy, again) is from the University of Toronto. Luke’s research focuses on the political philosophy of Immanuel Kant—in particular, Kant’s account of rights and citizenship. He has also has a keen interest in practical ethics, and was a regular contributor to the Oxford Uehiro Centre Blog “Ethics in the News” from 2013-2015. Luke has published papers on a possible Kantian defense of the right to health care and the moral permissibility of child euthanasia. An article of his on vegetarianism and entomophagy has been included in a high school textbook. Luke has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Oxford for the General Philosophy course and the Leibniz paper. He was also a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto for several years, where he taught: Bioethics; Global Bioethics; Introduction to Ethics; Political Philosophy; Reason and Truth; and, Introduction to Philosophy. Prior to beginning university, he taught English as a foreign language in Brazil for a year. He first taught for Oxford Summer Courses in 2015

Yaron Wolf

Yaron Wolf

Yaron Wolf is a DPhil candidate in Philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford. His research focuses on topics in the history of 20th century European philosophy, as well as contemporary Anglophone philosophy of perception, cognition, and memory. He previously graduated Summa Cum Laude from an MA program in Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, writing a dissertation on George Berkeley's philosophy of perception. Throughout graduate studies, he has taught undergraduate courses on Descartes' Meditations, Hume's Treatise, as well as Anglophone philosophy of mind and perception.

Prices and Dates

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July (available to all ages)
    • 2nd July to 15th July FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £350 What’s this?
    • • 9th July to 22nd July (available to all ages)
    • • 16th July to 29th July (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £350 What’s this?
    • • 23rd July to 5th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July (available to all age groups)
    • 2nd July to 29th July FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £700 What’s this?
    • • 9th July to 5th August (available to all age groups)
    • • 16th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.
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