History and Philosophy, a new course with its first student intake in October 2016, is designed for students who understand the importance of thinking critically about how we know and experience the world, but who also recognise the importance of linking precision in thought and analysis to a grounded understanding of different historical periods. Who are interested in ideas for their own sake, but recognise that they are developed in particular contexts, for particular purposes, and reflect the conditions under which they are produced. One way of thinking about philosophy, first articulated by Plato, is that it is a way of transcending the historically contingent world. In contrast Hegel, talks of philosophy painting its grey in grey – as the outcome and expression of distinctive historical processes. Between them they sketch a continuum of ways of thinking about ways of understanding the relationship between history and philosophy.