Study Philosophy 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 weeks courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • Tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast & Dinner included
Philosophy

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.

  • Philosophy- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 weeks courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • Tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast & Dinner included
Philosophy

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.

  • Philosophy- 16-17 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 weeks courses available
  • Oxford University accommodation
  • Around 8 students per class
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants along with lunch every teaching day
Philosophy

Developing the skills necessary to deconstruct the arguments of others, and forming your own opinion and strong argument is invaluable as you continue through your academic journey. Our Philosophy course begins to give you a grounding in these skills whilst developing your understanding of key philosophers, their thoughts and how these can underpin society and thinking today.

  • Philosophy- 13-15 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

Testimonials

Kevin Wu - Student from 2014

Kevin Wu - Student from 2014

Definitely 10/10! The course was dynamic and engaging both in the academic and social sense. The course provided a really good experience at studying at Oxford with the excellent tutorial system and beautiful town. The support was fantastic both from my peers and staff, got the opportunity to meet new people who are come from very diverse background worldwide.

Overall, this course had furthered my breadth of experience and proved advantageous towards my application to Oxford this year!

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.

Luke Davies

Lucy McDonald

Lucy McDonald is a PhD student at Cambridge University. Originally from London, she graduated from Oxford University with a first in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), and then went on to complete the two year BPhil, Oxford’s famous master’s programme in philosophy. Her primary interests are in philosophy of language, social epistemology, political philosophy and feminist philosophy, and her PhD project, focusing on hate speech, combines all of these interests. Before university Lucy spent a year working in the Houses of Parliament, working variously for an MP, a political party policy unit and the Deputy Prime Minister. Lucy has considerable teaching experience; she has worked for several years as a private tutor, taught at summer schools in both Oxford and Cambridge and served as an admissions interviewer at Oxford.

Prices and Dates

Select your Age Range

Course Start Dates
Courses – 10-12s 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018
1 Week – Wycombe Abbey £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495
2 Week – Wycombe Abbey £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795
3 Week – Wycombe Abbey £3,995 £3,995 £3,995 £3,995
4 Week – Wycombe Abbey £5,195 £5,195 £5,195
5 Week – Wycombe Abbey £6,295 £6,295
6 Week – Wycombe Abbey £7,395

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals, including lunch
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 13-15 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL FULL FULL £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL FULL FULL
2 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge FULL FULL FULL £7,895
4 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants along with lunch 3 times a week
  • A three-course College Banquet, on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 16-17 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 FULL £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL FULL £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL
2 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge FULL FULL £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants
  • A three-course College Banquet, on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 18-24 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge FULL FULL FULL £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL £4,395 FULL
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge FULL FULL FULL £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants
  • A three-course College Banquet, on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance