Vision: Mind, Knowledge, Art and Politics

The Year 12 Philosophy Summer School at UCL is aimed at students progressing to Year 13 who are interested in learning more about philosophy at university level.

Students will attend a series of lectures and seminars on philosophical issues surrounding the central theme of vision:

  • do we see the world around us as it really is?
  • or is the world forever hidden behind a screen of visual sensations?
  • how can we distinguish vision from illusion?
  • the political visions of philosophers have profoundly influenced human history. Should we aspire to shape society in accord with such visions?
  • or is a utopian political vision a dangerous thing?
  • the mind-body problem is at its most vivid in the case of vision: what is the relationship between our Technicolor visual experience and the chemical processes going on in our brains?
  • the visual arts are of central interest to aesthetics, the philosophy of art and beauty. Is beauty merely in the eye of the beholder, or is it something more real and objective?

This is an opportunity to improve your knowledge of contemporary philosophy and get a taste of what it is like to study philosophy at university. It is also a great way to get to know UCL and discuss cutting-edge issues with others interested in philosophy!



To apply, please complete the application form and return to:

Philosophy Summer School
Department of Philosophy
University College London
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT

If you would like further information about this summer school, please read the guidance notes and view the promotional flyer.

Date for your diary


The Philosophy Summer School will run for four days from 16th-19th July 2012. The programme is non-residential: students will arrive each day at 9:30 for registration and leave at 16:30. Lunch will be provided and we can cover students’ travel expenses.