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Recommended Reading

his page contains information about resources and readings you can choose to engage with in preparation for your arrival as a new student or returning in the Department of Philosophy.

Please note that you are not required to engage with these resources. These are recommendations just in case you are interested in doing some preparation before you arrive.

In fact, now is a good time to explore your interests widely and with enthusiasm in whatever way you see fit. When you get here we will tell you what you are required to read, but for now just read and engage with the things that make you feel as passionate and excited about philosophy as we do.

Recommended Reading:

As a reminder, all of our Philosophy MA modules running in 2023/24 can be found here.

For PH923 Hegel's Science of Logic:

Hegel, Georg, Hegel's Science of Logic, trans. A.V. Miller (New York: Humanity Books, 1999)

Houlgate, Stephen, Hegel on Being, 2 vols. (London: Bloomsbury, 2022), 1: pp. 3-132

Winfield, Richard, Hegel’s Science of Logic: A Critical Rethinking in Thirty Lectures (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), pp. 1-45

For PH9GU Appearance Matters:

Mason, Andrew, What's Wrong with Lookism? Personal Appearance, Discrimination and Disadvantage (Oxford: OUP, 2003)

Widdows, Heather, Perfect me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (Princeton: PUP, 2018)

For PH997 Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology:

Crowther, Thomas, ‘Processes as Continuants and Process as Stuff’ in Dorsch, F and Macpherson, F. (eds.) Phenomenal Presence (Oxford: OUP, 2018)

Danto, A., The Transfiguration of the Commonplace (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1981)

Wiggins, D., ‘Substance’ in Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject, ed. by A. C. Grayling (Oxford: OUP, 1998) pp. 214-249

Alvarez, Maria, and Hyman, John, 'Philosophy of Action' in The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1954-2015, accessed at Philosophy of Action (Chapter 7) - The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945–2015 (

Davidson, Donald, 'Actions, Reasons, and Causes' in Essays on Actions and Events (Oxford: OUP, 2001), accessed at Actions, Reasons, and Causes | Essays on Actions and Events | Oxford Academic (

Anscombe, Elizabeth, Intention (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000)

For PH9GY Freedom, Blame and Moral Responsibility:

Fischer, John Martin, Kane, Robert, Pereboom, Derk, and Vargas, Manuel, Four Views on Free Will (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007)

Watson, Gary, ‘Responsibility and the Limits of Evil: Variations on a Strawsonian Theme”, in Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions, ed. Ferdinand Shoeman (Cambridge University Press: 1987), pp. 256-86. (Also in his book Agency and Answerability: Selected Essays (Oxford: OUP, 2004), pp. 219-59)

Wolf, Susan, 1987. 'Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility' in Ethical Theory: An Anthology, ed. by S. Landau (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

For PH9F7 Topics in Philosophy and the Arts:

Costello, D., Iversen, M., and Snyder, J., eds., Agency and Autonomism: Photography as Art Since the 1960’s, special issue of Critical Inquiry 38:4 (2012)

Irvin, Sherri, 'Authors, Intentions and Literary Meaning,' in Philosophy Compass 1 (2): pp. 114-128 (2006)

Irvin, Sherri, ‘The Pervasiveness of the Aesthetic in Ordinary Experience’, British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (2008)

Gibson, John, 'Cognitivism and the Arts,' in Philosophy Compass 3:4, pp. 573-589 (2008)

Shiner, Larry, The Invention of Art: A Cultural History, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), Chs. 1 and 2

For PH9GT Heidigger's Being and Time:

Heidegger, Martin, Being and Time, Trans. Joan Stambaugh (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010)

For PH9GX Philosophies of the Future:

Jonas, Hans, The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search for an Ethics of the Technological Age (Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 1984)

For PH9GW Vagueness:


For PH9GV Time, Process and Experience:

Mourelatos, Alexander, 'Events, Processes and States,' in Linguistics and Philosophy, (1978) Vol. 2, No. 3: pp. 415- 434

Gill, Kathleen, 1993. 'On the Metaphysical Distinction between Processes and Events,' in Canadian Journal of Philosophy, (1993) 23(3): pp. 365- 384

Crowther, Thomas, 'The Matter of Events,' in The Review of Metaphysics, (2011) Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 3- 39

For PH9F2 Research Methods:

Frege, Gottlob, 'The Thought: A Logical Inquiry', in Mind, (1956) Vol. 65, No. 259, pp. 289-311, accessed at

Strawson, P. F., 'Freedom and Resentment', accessed at

For PH924 Nietzsche:

Nietzsche, Friedrich, Human, all too Human in two volumes (Stanford University Press)

Nietzsche, Friedrich, Dawn (Stanford University Press)

Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Gay Science (Random House)

For PH948 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason:

Allison, Henry E., Kant’s Transcendental Idealism: An Interpretation and Defense, revised and enlarged, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), pp. 3-96

Gardner, Sebastian, Kant and the Critique of Pure Reason (London: Routledge, 1999), pp. 1-63.

Kant, Immanuel, Critique of Pure Reason, trans. P. Guyer and A.W. Wood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 99-123, 136-152 [A vii-xxii, B vii-xliv, B 1-30]

For PH9A5 Topics in 20th Century French Philosophy:

Derrida, Jacques, 'Différance', in Margins of Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), pp. 3-27.

Ansell Pearson, Keith, Germinal Life: The Difference and Repetition of Deleuze (London and New York: Routledge, 1999)

Badiou, Alain, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being, Trans. Louise Burchill (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

de Beistegui, Miguel, Truth and Genesis: Philosophy as Differential Ontology (Part Three) (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2004)

For PH998 Topics in the Philosophy of Mind and Language:

Avramides, Anita, Other Minds (Oxford: Routledge, 2001)

Eilan, Naomi, 'The You Turn', and other essays in The Second Person, Special Issue, Philosophical Explorations, 12(3). Reprinted in The Second Person: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives, ed. Eilan (Oxford: Routledge, 2015)

Moran, Richard, The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity (Oxford: OUP, 2019)

Tomasello, Michael, A Natural History of Human Thinking (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014)

For PH9E3 Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy:

Peter, Fabienne, Democratic Legitimacy (New York: Routledge, 2008)

Wolff, R. P., In Defense of Anarchism (New York: Harper & Row, 1970; 2d ed. 1998)

Hannah Arendt

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Friedrich Nietzsche

Frantz Fanon

Mary Wollstonecraft

Immanuel Kant