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Philosophy Department to Launch Student Work Placement Intercalated Year

The Philosophy Department are launching a new option for students who are interested in undertaking a year long work placement as part of their studies. Students who are keen to take up this option can now apply, at the end of years 1 or 2, to transfer on to intercalated versions of their current philosophy programme, on which the intercalated year is spent on work placement. (Students will have to arrange the placement themselves). During their intercalated year, students will take a special module, requiring a report on their placement year; this will be marked pass/fail, and those who fail revert to the initial 3-year variant of their programme. This means that students can work for a year in the midst of their studies without taking temporary withdrawal, and their doing so will be reported on their transcripts.

Please contact Guy Longworth ( for further information and if you have any questions.

Thu 31 May 2018, 11:34 | Tags: Home Page, Undergraduate

Winner Announced: Philosophy Department Undergraduate Essay Competition 2018 - 'Philosophy in the Wild'

It has been announced that the winner of the Philosophy Department Undergraduate Essay Competition 2018 is Ronja Griep, who wins First Prize and vouchers worth £100.00 for her essay 'Advice Columns, Sartre and Masochism'.

Congratulations also go to the two Runners Up: Hasan Suida and Leyla Hunn, who both win vouchers worth £50.00

Members of the jury were impressed by the high quality of entries received, and wish to thank all students who submitted their work. However, it was felt that Ronja's winning essay reflected an imaginative approach to the brief and eloquently demonstrated the value of philosophy in today's world.

Ronja will receive her First Prize at a special ceremony on Wednesday 2 May 2018. Many congratulations to Ronja!

Thu 26 Apr 2018, 13:03 | Tags: Home Page, Undergraduate

'Epistemic Insouciance': Blog by Professor Quassim Cassam Features on American Philosophical Association Website

Read here Professor Cassam's engaging new blog on the 'Epistemic Insouciance' of today's political leaders, which is a highly topical and observant commentary based on a paper to be published shortly in The Journal of Philosophical Research.

See also Professor Cassam's TED Talk on the same subject:

TEDx talk:

Mon 26 Mar 2018, 15:30 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page Postgraduate Staff Undergraduate

Professor Quassim Cassam Appointed to the Prestigious REF 2021 Panel

It has been announced that Professor Quassim Cassam has been appointed as a member of the Philosophy Sub-Panel for the Criteria Phase of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2021.

Mon 26 Mar 2018, 14:04 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page Postgraduate Staff Undergraduate

Two New Philosophy Titles by Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson

February 2018 marks the publication of two important philosophical texts by Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson, both published by Bloomsbury Academic.

‘Bergson: Thinking Beyond the Human Condition’ is described by the publishers as an elegant overview, bringing Bergson to a new generation of readers. ‘Ansell-Pearson contends that there is a Bergsonian revolution, an upheaval in philosophy comparable in significance to those that we are more familiar with, from Kant to Nietzsche and Heidegger, which make up our intellectual modernity’.

‘Nietzsche’s Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings’: PDF eBook. The publishers observe that ‘this study explores key aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophical activity in his middle writings, including his conceptions of philosophy, his commitment to various enlightenments, his critique of fanaticism, his search for the heroic-idyllic, his philosophy of modesty and his conception of ethics, and his search for joy and happiness. The book will appeal to readers across philosophy and the humanities, especially to those with an interest in Nietzsche and anyone who has a concern with the fate of philosophy in the modern world’.

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