School of History, Philosophy and Culture

  • Philosophy (BA or BSc)

    Here is a list of the main events involving Philosophy students in Induction Week (16-20 September). Events in bold are COMPULSORY. Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information. View everything you need to know about Harcourt Hill Campus.

    Don't forget to enrol online before you arrive so you can collect your student card. When you collect your card you will need to have appropriate photo Identification.

    Event Time Location
    Monday 16 September
    Opportunities to visit the Harcourt Hill Library and to attend any Workshops and Events that interest you. All Day Harcourt Hill Campus / Headington Campus
    Tuesday 17 September
    Induction and Welcome Meeting 10:00 - 12:30 B1.01 (Main Lecture Theatre), Harcourt Hill Campus

    Module Registration Help Desk

    (timetable and programme queries)

    Drop-in from 13:00 - 16:00 FLG 06, Harcourt Hill Campus
    Wednesday 18 September
    Freshers' Sports Fair 10:00 - 16:00 Centre for Sport, Headington Campus
    Student Card Collection- only for those students who still need a card 16:30 Student Central Counter, John Henry Brookes Building,Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    Visa enrolment - for students who require a study visa 16:30 Library Training Room, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    Thursday 19 September
    Subject Meeting 1 10:00 - 11:00
    J HB 301, John Henry Brookes Building,Headington Campus
    All single honours students must attend this meeting.
    Combined honours students can choose to attend this meeting or the 11am meeting (see below).
    Subject Meeting 2 11:00 - 12:00 J HB 301, John Henry Brookes Building,Headington Campus
    Combined honours students should attend meetings for both subjects but can choose which meeting to attend first.
    Meet Your Academic Advisor Drop-in from
    14:00 - 16:00
    You will find out who your Academic Advisor is when you arrive

    Module Registration Help desk

    (only for students who still need to register modules)

    Drop-in from
    12:00 - 17:00
    JHB 404, John Henry Brookes Building,Headington Campus
    Friday 20 September
    Freshers' Fair 10:00 - 16:00
    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Module Registration Help desk

    (only for students who have missed the Thursday deadline)

    Drop-in from
    10:00 - 17:00
    JHB 403, John Henry Brookes Building,Headington Campus

    All Days

    Various Workshops and Events See Workshops and Events page for details.

    Key Contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:

    Contact Contact Details
    Head of School Professor Joanne Begiato
    Programme Lead Dr Mark Cain
    Subject Coordinator Dr Dan O'Brien
    Student Support Coordinator Mr Michael Barringer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Jo Akers
    Programme Administrator Mr Ray Stimpson +44 (0)1865 484931

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Philosophy modules. Please note that you are not required to get these books in advance. They are shown for those students who want to make a head start on the reading. Full reading lists for each module will be given in your lectures.

    Module Book Details
    Introduction to Philosophy Nagel, T. (1989). What Does It All Mean: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    Introduction to Ethics Singer, P. (ed.). (1993). A Companion to Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell
    Theory of Knowledge O'Brien, D. (2017). An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity
    Reason and Argument Bowell, T. and Kemp, K. (2015). Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. 4th ed. Abingdon: Routledge
    Papineau, D. (2012). Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Philosophy. You will be find out who your Academic Advisor is when you arrive. You should meet your Academic Advisor in their room on Thursday Week 0 between 2pm and 4pm. If there is any change to this, it will be shown in the Alternative Arrangement column.

    Name Room Phone Alternative Arrangement
    Dr Stephen Boulter B2.26 48 8566
    Dr Mark Cain B2.23 48 8557
    Professor Beverley Clack B2.24 48 8495
    Dr Daniel O'Brien B2.20 48 8490