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Philosophy Tripos, 2002: Prescribed texts and subjects

The Faculty Board of Philosophy have prescribed the following texts and subjects for the Philosophy Tripos, 2002. This replaces the notice published on 21 June 2000 (Reporter, 1999-2000, p. 884):

Part Ia

Paper 4. Set text or texts

Plato, Meno; Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion; J. S. Mill, On Liberty.

Part Ib

Paper 3. Ethics

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.

Paper 4. Set texts

Section A. Plato, The Republic: Analysis and defence of justice (I-IV), Moral psychology (IV, VIII-IX), Power: the critique of democracy; women in the state (V-VI), Philosopher-rulers (V-VII), The critique of the arts (II-III & X).

Section B Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Happiness (eudaimonia); the analysis of happiness (I, 1-7); happiness and fortune (I, 8-11); practical and intellectualist conceptions (X, 7-8). Justice as a virtue (V). Acrasia (VII, 1-10). Friendship: the varieties of friendship; self-love and egoism (VIII, 1-5; IX 4, 7-9).

Section C Modern European Philosophy: Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling. Nietzsche, On Genealogy of Morality.

Paper 6. Political philosophy

Hobbes, Leviathan, chs. 13-22; Locke, Second Treatise, chs. 1-4 and 7-9; Rawls, A Theory of Justice, chs. 1-3.

Part II

Paper 1. Metaphysics

L. Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

Paper 2. Ethics

Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.

Paper 3. History of modern philosophy I

Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy; Spinoza, Ethics; Leibniz, Discourse on Metaphysics and Monadology; Locke, Essay concerning Human Understanding; Berkeley, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous and The Principles of Human Knowledge; Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, Book I (and Appendix).

Paper 4. History of modern philosophy II

Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason to the end of the Transcendental Dialectic (A704, B732); Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit (transl. by A. V. Miller, Clarendon), Introduction, Consciousness, Self-consciousness (paragraphs 73-230); Hegel's Logic: being part of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences (transl. by W. Wallace), paragraphs 1-111; Introduction to Lectures on the Philosophy of History, as far as (but not including) The Geographical Basis of World History; Nietzsche, On Genealogy of Morality, The Gay Science, The Birth of Tragedy, Beyond Good and Evil; Heidegger, Being and Time.

Paper 5. History of ancient philosophy

Plato, Theaetetus and Aristotle, Physics II.

Paper 9. Special subject specified by the Faculty Board


Section A Metaphysics and Epistemology: Critique of Pure Reason. Section B Ethics and Aesthetics: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals; Critique of Practical Reason; Critique of Judgement (to the end of Section 60).

Paper 11. Aesthetics

Plato, Ion, Symposium, and Republic (Books II, III, X); Hume, 'On the Standard of Taste' (originally in Hume's Essays, Moral, Political and Literary but now widely available in a variety of forms, e.g. reprinted in The Philosophy of Art, ed. Neill & Ridley, McGraw-Hill 1995); Hegel, Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics, ed. M. Inwood (Penguin 1993).

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