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Philosophy at York University

York UniversityHumanities and Social Sciences → Philosophy

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It is probably one of the best universities for Philosophy in the UK. On top of its prestigious academics, the on campus life is amazing. There is always something going on in the campus and the general feeling is a very warm student-oriented atmosphere. The university is built around a 'fake lake' so there are lots of ducks and geese - not to mention lots of ducks and geese poo!

The Philosophy Department's biggest asset is the large amount of mature students on the course which gives an interesting & different perspective to the course. The course, from year one, covers pretty much all of the bases you would expect - political philosophy, logic, most of the major Western philosophers: Plato, Descartes., Heidegger, Wittgenstein, etc. Some may find the logic modules a little too maths heavy however. I particularly enjoyed the Philosophy of History options.

After the first year one is allowed to specialise a lot. In terms of the number of hours of mandatory lectures & seminars Philosophy is a pretty relaxed course - very few compulsory hours.

Also, York is truly an amazing city! Great pubs, great beer. It's very much a walk-able city, quite compact. However, some may find it a bit quiet on the gigs & entertainment front if they've come from a big city. It's a city of cyclists so buy or bring a bike with you.

One big question people always ask someone considering a philosophy degree is 'what use is it in the modern workplace?' Philosophers develop analytic and verbal skills applicable to almost every imaginable problem, and as a result, are professionally involved with almost every area of human endeavour.

Philosophers work in industry, government, and education. They become lawyers, doctors, administrators, teachers, diplomats, consultants, stockbrokers, bankers, and managers. They are accepted and respected in all professional schools and welcomed into management training programs.

So who says philosophy isn't practical? Western philosophy has traditionally been interested in certain general questions that have been thought about for thousands of years. Questions like: What is truth? What does it mean to do a good act? Is there something that all good arguments have in common? What does it mean to be a person? How is it that people acquire knowledge? Is that the same as being wise? Does God exist? We also study questions that have arisen more or less recently: Is cloning right or wrong? When is civil disobedience justified? Is democracy better than any other system of government? Why do we punish criminals by putting them in prison? Can computers think?

Philosophers study these questions not only for their own sake, but also to sharpen their ability to think clearly, and to understand and interpret other points of view. So the goal of studying philosophy is to better understand important ideas, and to become a better thinker, debater and writer.

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Written by andrewhauk on 22nd Sep 2009


York UniversityHumanities and Social Sciences → Philosophy

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