Peterhouse has two philosophy fellows, Professor Tim Crane and Professor Richard Holton. Tim Crane works mostly in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics, while Richard 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, and many of their supervisions will be with Professors Crane and Holton. Tim and Richard are very happy to discuss studying philosophy at Peterhouse with potential applicants, either at Open Days or by email.
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.