“It is through wonder that men now begin and originally began to philosophise” - Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, once said.
The degree is designed for those who not only wish to study Philosophy, but also have a keen interest in learning about the history and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds in which philosophy emerged and took shape. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree means that you will benefit from studying in two world-leading departments.
Our first year curriculum will help you to acquire some of the key philosophical knowledge and skills that you will draw on in subsequent years. These skills include how to read philosophy, how to write a philosophical essay, and how to construct a logically sound argument.
These modules will also introduce you to foundational philosophical ideas and debates. The options in classics and ancient history are selected to give you a solid grounding in work on the antiquities, as a basis for further work in subsequent years. Beyond your first year you will increasingly be able to specialise in those aspects of Philosophy and Classics that most interest you and also have the opportunity to further tailor your degree to your personal interests by taking modules from outside of the Philosophy and Classics Departments.
Throughout your studies you will develop a range of skills and abilities that are highly marketable and much sought after by employers. Skills you will develop include: critical thinking, communicating complex ideas clearly, identifying presuppositions, challenging traditional and dominant beliefs, arguing clearly and persuasively and seeing
things in a broader context.
You’re not required to have studied philosophy or classics, nor do we expect you to have knowledge of Latin or Greek.
For details of Classical Civilization modules, visit the website of the Department for Classics and Ancient History.
In your first year your modules include:
- Central Themes in Philosophy
- Ancient Philosophy
- Mind and Reality
- Plato and Descartes
- Logic I: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
- Reason, Argument and Analysis
And you will also choose one of the following 30 CATS Classics modules:
- Introduction to Greek and Roman History
- Greek Culture and Society
- Roman Culture and Society
- Greek Language
- Latin Language
In your second year your modules will include:
- History of Modern Philosophy
- You should then select optional modules comprising 75 CATS: at least 15 CATS from our list of philosophy modules and 30 CATS from the Department of Classics (up to 30 CATS can be chosen from another department)
In your final year you will be free to choose modules totalling 120 CATS: at least 60 CATS will be from our list of philosophy modules, and at least 30 CATS from the Department of Classics (up to 30 CATS can be chosen from another department).
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