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Philosophy

Number of students per year: 1 - 2 


Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent.


Essential subjects: None.

Useful subjects: You may find Mathematics and essay-based subjects to be good preparation.

Philosophy at Clare 

Clare College is just a stone's throw from the Sidgwick Site, where the Philosophy Faculty is located and where most philosophy lectures and classes take place.


The College library is well stocked with core readings in philosophy, and we have access to a strong network of supervisors from across the University who will be able to support learning across the full syllabus.

Cambridge University has an especially distinguished place in the history of 20th-century philosophy. It was here, in the early years of the century, that Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Frank Ramsey and others developed the analytic style of philosophy that is now prominent throughout the world.


The Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge retains a strong commitment to this analytic style, though this does not preclude active study and teaching of the history of philosophy from Socrates to Nietzsche, and of such subjects as aesthetics and political philosophy.

 

Key People

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Professor Tim Lewens

Director of Studies & 
Professor of Philosophy of Science

From 2016 to 2019 Professor Lewens was an investigator on a large, multi-institution project 'Putting the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis to the Test', funded by the John Templeton Foundation.


He was also Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded project A Science of Human Nature? (2011–2016). From 2009 to 2015 he was a Council Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and served on the working parties for two Nuffield Council reports: Novel Techniques for the Prevention of Mitochondrial DNA Disorders: An Ethical Review (June 2012), and Human Bodies: Donation for Medicine and Research (October 2011).


From 2014 to 2017 he was the Deputy Director of CRASSH, the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.