If you are thinking of applying to read Philosophy, you are very strongly advised to read some books on the subject, since nothing else can give you a realistic idea of what it is like. Here is a list of suggested reading (Recommded Reading PDF). The following are recommended:
- T Nagel What Does It All Mean? and Mortal Questions
- R. Martin There are Two Errors in the The Title of this Book
- T Crane Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
- M Morris An Introduction to The Philosophy of Language
- P Smith An Introduction to Formal Logic
There are some very good philosophy podcasts available for free. As well as the long-running Philosophy Bites, try Peter Adamson’s The History of Philosophy with No Gaps. Or try these Ten Minute Puzzles. The BBC Radio 4 series The Philosopher’s Arms has some interesting episodes.
For the Formal Logic part of the first year course the Faculty now uses the following book:
It is available online for free at http://www.nottub.com/forallx.shtml
Try it and see how you get on.
Or you might try some classic texts in the history of philosophy:
- Plato Republic
- R Descartes Meditations
- D Hume Enquiries
- J S Mill Utilitarianism and On Liberty