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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 encouraged to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHIL0001 Ancient Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0002 Early Modern Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0003 Knowledge and Reality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0004 Introduction to Logic 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0005 Introduction to Logic 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0006 Introduction to Moral Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0007 Introduction to Political Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0008 Philosophical Study Skills: Reading, Understanding and Essay Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHIL0009 Aesthetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0010 Morality and Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0011 Applied Ethics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0012 Metaphysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0013 Philosophy of Mind 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0022 Philosophy of Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0024 Ethics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0025 Intermediate Logic 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0030 Topics in Aristotle 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0031 Matters of Life and Death 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHIL0042 Adorno: Art and Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0044 Topics in Greek Philosophy: Aristotle 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0045 Making Sense of the Senses 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0046 Advanced Class in the Philosophy of Mind 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0061 Metaphysics of Science 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0066 The Philosophical Foundations of Effective Altruism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0067 Free Speech and Theories of Autonomy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0068 Metaethics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0070 Representation and Reality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0076 Applied Moral and Political Philosophy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0077 Equality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0078 Formal Epistemology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0079 Advanced Topics on Moral Philosophy: Responsibility, Luck and Excuses 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0081 Topics in Moral Psychology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHIL0129 World, Sentences and Measures 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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