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Philosophy

Philosophy is an attempt to reach the deepest and most general understanding of anything and everything. Since philosophy touches every subject, we welcome Affiliates from any field of study. You will find that philosophical reasoning – searching out every unexamined presupposition – is an unsurpassed mental exercise.

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Philosophy

Why study Philosophy at UCL?

In the 2014 UK government assessment of philosophy departments, UCL was rated among the top three nationally for research of 'world-leading quality'. The philosophers who teach in our department are friendly and approachable.

What you will gain from study at UCL

For many the study of philosophy is a great mind opener. They discover that behind a veneer of unexamined everyday presuppositions there is wonder in everything – which can be expressed as philosophical questions. By addressing these questions they develop rigour in their reasoning.

Teaching and assessment

For nearly every module there is a weekly lecture and a weekly discussion class. Most Fall Term modules are assessed by essay. Most Spring Term modules are assessed by examination in the Summer Term.

Modules in Philosophy

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHIL1010 History of Philosophy I 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1011 History of Philosophy II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1012 Knowledge and Reality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1013 Introduction to Logic 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1014 Introduction to Logic 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1015 Introduction to Moral Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1016 Introduction to Political Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL1017 Philosophical Study Skills: Reading, Understanding and Essay Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHIL2030 Aesthetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2031 Morality and Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2032 Applied Ethics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2033 Metaphysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2034 Philosophy of Mind 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2045 Philosophy of Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2047 Ethics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2048 Intermediate Logic 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2053 Topics in Aristotle 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL2054 Matters of Life and Death 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHIL3031 Global Justice and Health 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3035 Doubt, Passion and Justice: Hume's Treatise and the Eighteenth Century Origins of Social Science 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3039 Early Wittgenstein 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3040 Adorno: Art and Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3041 Advanced Topics in Political Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3042 Topics in Greek Philosophy: Aristotle 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3043 Perception and its Modalities 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3045 Advanced Class in the Philosophy of Mind 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3054 Philosophy of Religion 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3062 Metaphysics of Science 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3067 Philosophy of Art 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3071 Aristotle’s Theoretical Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3082 Feminism and Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3083 Advanced Metaphysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3084 20th Century Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3087 Equality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3088 Formal Epistemology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3089 Advanced Topics on Moral Philosophy: Responsibility, Luck and Excuses 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3097 Topics in Moral Psychology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL3098 Linguistic Semantics and the Philosophy of Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

Name
Professor Mark Kalderon
Email
m.kalderon@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7679 3577
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