The city of Oxford is no stranger to philosophy. The city’s world-renowned university has been teaching the subject since medieval times. Some of the world’s great philosophers have also studied or taught here, from the Catholic dissident John Wycliffe through to the ‘Father of Liberalism’ John Locke. Not only is the university’s philosophy faculty regularly ranked top in the UK – its impressive list of lecturers has included Amartya Sen and Noam Chomsky to name but a few.
It’s no wonder then, that aspiring thinkers and philosophers are drawn to studying a summer course here in Oxford. 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 come to the right place.
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Oxford has a long history of philosophy studies. Find out why students are choosing this particular Oxford summer course in this short video…
Oxford boasts some of the best philosophy lecturers in the world who are working at the forefront of the field.
The tutorial system that we follow means that rather than sticking to a rigid predetermined syllabus, you are encouraged to set the philosophy teaching agenda with your own ideas. You receive four seminars, and a tutorial. Importantly, the topic is decided between the tutor and you.
On this Oxford Summer course in philosophy you will also benefit from the different perspectives of your fellow students, who likely come from across the world. After all, philosophy is asking the big questions and getting under the finger nails of societal assumptions. 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.
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, the Leibniz paper and the Kant 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.
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.
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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.
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"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."
"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."
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