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Faculty of Philosophy


Please note draft course outlines and reading lists for 2023-24 are currently being updated but will be finalised before the start of Michaelmas Term. 

Current Philosophy undergraduates, postgraduates and staff can access online, Word and PDF versions of the course outlines and reading lists via the main Faculty Course Outlines and Reading Lists page (Raven protected) and each Moodle course page (Raven protected). To make the online reading lists easier to navigate, we have also broken each one down into shorter lists of readings for key sections of the syllabus.  Links to the complete reading lists for those who are not registered on the Philosophy Moodle courses are also available below.

For hints and tips for making the online reading lists work for you, see the Reading Lists Online LibGuide


Part IA 

All papers at Part IA are compulsory for Philosophy Tripos students.

Paper 1  DRAFT: Metaphysics 2023-24 

Paper 2  DRAFT: Ethics & Political Philosophy 2023-24 

Paper 3  DRAFT: Meaning 2023-24 

Paper 4  DRAFT: Set Texts 2023-24

Paper 5  DRAFT: Formal Methods 2023-24

Part IB

Paper 1 Knowledge, Language and World is the only compulsory paper for Philosophy Tripos students at Part IB.

Paper 1  DRAFT Knowledge, Language and World 2023-24 (Compulsory) 

Paper 2  DRAFT History of Analytic Philosophy 2023-24

Paper 3  DRAFT Ethics 2023-24

Paper 4  Greek and Roman Philosophy (borrowed from the Classics Tripos)

Paper 5  DRAFT Early Modern Philosophy 2023-24

Paper 6  Epistemology and Metaphysics of Science (borrowed from the Natural Sciences Tripos)

Paper 7  DRAFT Political Philosophy 2023-24

Paper 8  Experimental Psychology (borrowed from the Natural Sciences Tripos)

Paper 9  DRAFT Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art 2023-24

Part II

There are no compulsory papers at Part II of the Philosophy Tripos.

Paper 1   DRAFT Metaphysics 2023-24

Paper 2   DRAFT Philosophy of Mind 2023-24

Paper 3   DRAFT Ethics 2023-24

Paper 4   DRAFT European Philosophy from Kant 2023-24

Paper 5   DRAFT Philosophy in the Long Middle Ages 2023-24

Paper 6   DRAFT Philosophy of Science 2023-24

Paper 7   DRAFT Mathematical Logic 2023-24

Paper 8   DRAFT Philosophical Logic 2023-24

Paper 9   DRAFT Wittgenstein and His Successors 2023-24

Paper 10 DRAFT Political Philosophy 2023-24

Paper 14 Plato (borrowed from the Classics Tripos)

Paper 15 Aristotle's world from turtles to tragedies (borrowed from the Classics Tripos)

Paper 16 Philosophy, Politics and the Polis (borrowed from the Classics Tripos)

Further help and support

If you have any difficulties finding or accessing the readings you need or navigating your reading lists please contact the Library team and we will be very happy to help.  If you have a Student Support Document from the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre which recommends access to alternate library resources, the Cambridge University Libraries Accessibility Service can usually obtain or create accessible digital formats of publications held in the libraries for your own personal use.  Email them direct or contact the Philosophy Librarian for further assistance.  Further information about this and other accessible library services can also be found on the Cambridge University Libraries Accessibility Service LibGuide.