BA Philosophy focus

In light of aiming at the MRes Philosophy at Nijmegen, and it having a seemingly clear focus on Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philsophy of Religion (through the Social and Political Philosophy modules), here comes a refinement of modules to take for the BA Philosophy (online) offered by UL.

Specific tracks

These all take the form of Compulsory unit > Further unit > Optional unit

  • Epistemology  > Methodology  > Philosophy of Religion
  • Logic > Metaphysics > Philosophy of Language OR The Philosophies of Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein (analytical tradition)
  • Modern philosophy: Descartes, Locke, Berkeley and Hume > Modern philosophy: Spinoza, Leibniz and Kant > Continental philosophy from Hegel

I’ve put in the analytical unit even though it doens’t really grab me. Also, the thread of Modern Philosophy seems to cover a huge range of philsophers. How practical that would be remains to be seen. Important to remember is the advice given by Moira McIntyre. At this point, when I’m just selecting modules and beginning to home in on specific issues to pursue, initial texts to get hold of, these three points are relevant:

1. Read a general introductory text to this area and the appropriate chapter in the provided course texts.
2. This provides you with a basis to evaluate the questions on the past papers and group them into frequently occurring topics. Focus only on those topics which appear frequently. I am very interested in applied ethics and spent a fair amount of time on this topic erroneously as it only rarely appeared on the exam.
3. Don’t try and study every topic on the module, focus on five to six. This should give you plenty of choice in the exam without making you spend too much time trying to decide.

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