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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


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Tutor Dr Joe Saunders

This most ancient and fascinating of intellectual disciplines is fundamental to our understanding of what it is to be human.

Philosophy is an ancient discipline which studies the most fundamental questions that arise in all areas of human concern, from religion and politics, to morality and the sciences.

In studying philosophy at Durham, you will learn as much about how to think about difficult questions, as you will learn about the answers that can be given to them. You will be equipped for life with an ability to detect bad argument, whether in politics, in the media, or in discussion with the people you live and work with, and an ability to produce better arguments of your own.

Click on the course in which you are interested to see the programme structure. Please note that this information is indicative and may change as courses develop and new modules are added or older ones changed. This happens because our Lecturers and Professors are constantly shaping their teaching in line with their research, and to reflect contemporary scholarship in their area. If you want to get a good idea of the sort of topics you're likely to encounter in your studies, a good place to look is at the research pages of our website, where you can find out which big questions we're currently working on at Durham.