Peterhouse has one philosophy fellow, Professor Richard Holton. Professor Holton works on moral psychology, ethics, philosophy of language and philosophy of law. All Peterhouse philosophy students have a one-to-one supervision every week, in addition to attending lectures and seminars. Professor Holton is on sabattical for 2017/18, and Dr Rob Watt is temporarily acting as Director of Studies for Philosophy at Peterhouse.
The Philosophy degree at Cambridge offers an education in the subject which is both broad and deep. Students can study the central areas of the subject and its history from the Ancient Greeks to the 20th century.
In the first year, there are compulsory courses on metaphysics (the most general speculations about reality), logic (the principles of good reasoning) ethics (the nature and explanation of right and wrong) and on certain classic texts from the history of philosophy. In the second year, metaphysics, epistemology and logic are compulsory, but there are also some optional courses (e.g. political philosophy). In the final year all subjects are optional and students can choose from a wide range of courses (e.g. philosophy of mind, Wittgenstein and European Philosophy from Kant).
Philosophy at Cambridge is taught in the ‘analytic’ tradition, and there is a strong emphasis in the degree programme on argumentative rigour and clarity of thought and expression. The Philosophy Faculty has particular strengths in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and logic, and logic is a strong component of the undergraduate degree.