Philosophy and Modern Languages

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The Philosophy and Modern Languages course brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding language, literature and ideas. The study of Philosophy, and the in-depth study of a foreign language and literature, both develop analytical rigour and critical skills. Your study of Philosophy will teach you to apply your ability to reason logically to questions ranging from how we acquire knowledge and form moral judgements to the nature of language, art and literature. Since many works of literature are shaped by the dominant philosophical ideas of their epoch, the study of philosophy can illuminate that intellectual background, and studying these two disciplines in parallel presents numerous advantages. You will also develop your practical linguistic skills in language classes and acquire a more sophisticated understanding of your chosen language and culture through the study of literature or linguistics. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad, with a wide variety of possible options and destinations.

The Philosophy Faculty is the largest Philosophy department in the UK, admitting more than 500 undergraduates annually to read the various degrees involving Philosophy. Oxford’s Modern Languages Faculty is also one of the largest in the country, with a total intake of more than 250 students a year, including those reading joint degrees. The Philosophy library and the Modern Languages research library (the Taylor Institution) have worldwide reputations. The Modern Languages Faculty also has an undergraduate lending library and a fully-equipped Language Centre.

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