The city of Cambridge has provided a fertile environment for philosophical thought. In fact, some of the world’s great philosophers have studied and taught here. The university’s alumni include the Nobel laureate Bertrand Russell, while author of the seminal Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was a lecturer at the university. Other notables range from Francis Bacon to Amartya Sen.
It’s no wonder then, that aspiring thinkers and philosophers are drawn to studying a summer course in philosophy here in Cambridge. If you fancy grappling with big topics such as the ethics of war or the relationship between the existence of God versus the existence of evil, then you’ve certainly found the right place.
From age 13 to 24, our philosophy summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Cambridge is a centre of philosophy studies. Find out more about why students are choosing to study this particular summer course in our short video…
Its standing in the field means that Cambridge has long been attracting some of the best philosophy tutors. This Cambridge-based summer course is no exception.
This course encourages you to set the teaching agenda. Based around the renowned tutorial system used by Cambridge University, the course content is based more on your interests than a rigid predetermined syllabus. You receive four seminars and a tutorial where the topic is decided between the tutor and you.
Philosophy is about asking the big questions and getting under the finger nails of societal assumptions. So, on this Cambridge-based summer course in philosophy you will also benefit from the different perspectives of your fellow students, who might come from all around the globe. The small class environment also means you receive the luxury of plenty of on-to-one time with your tutor – providing you with a much more intimate learning experience.
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.
Calvin Chan is a DPhil candidate in philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. His research covers a range of topics in moral, political, and legal philosophy. He has taught a number of papers on these topics at the undergraduate level, as well as the PPE course at Oxford’s UNIQ summer school. He has also worked on the admissions team at Merton College, interviewing candidates for Computer Science and Philosophy, Maths and Philosophy, as well as Physics and Philosophy.
Lili Owen RowlandsBIO
Lili Owen Rowlands is a postgraduate student at Wadham College, University of Oxford. She graduated with a double first with oral distinction in Philosophy and French at University College London before coming to Oxford to complete an MSt in French theory and literature. She has also worked for two years as a journalist and editor, reporting from Tahiti to Las Vegas, Venice to Rajasthan. Her primary research interests are the use of philosophy and theory within contemporary French feminist writing, gender theory and continental philosophy. Lili has considerable teaching experience, having worked as a private tutor as well as a graduate access tutor for both Wadham College and the University of Oxford.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"My tutor was really insightful and helped us ease into the subject. We had many debates on our views on certain philosophical debates such as ‘Do we really have Knowledge?’ The best part was that we were in a small class, about 3 of use, so everyone was included in the discussions and nobody was left out."
"Meeting different kinds of people in Oxford Summer Courses, and actually finding the familiarity of home in each and everyone made realize that I could have a future outside my home country. "
"My course, philosophy, even though very dense and challenging, has opened my mind to so many new perspectives of certain ideas that I hadn't even considered."
"I enjoyed our conversations about religion and ethics in philosophy class because I was able to form a more complex opinion on those topics with the help of our in-depth discussions."
"So if you're a parent or kid who's worried about being alone in Oxford. Don't worry and as Ed Sheeran sang, "trust me and give it a chance". Because Oxford summer courses will surely take care of you well and make those few weeks the best moments of your life."
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