|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
Philosophy & Ethics
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it still relevant in today’s technology-based society? As a philosopher, you develop the ability to reflect on the most fascinating abstract ideas and connect them to real-life situations. At Kent you don’t just read philosophy, you do philosophy.
For thousands of years, people have asked fundamental questions about the universe and our place in it.
Philosophy is the search for some basic answers to some basic questions and philosophical debates are all around us: When someone says something offensive, is it part of its meaning that it is offensive, or just how it is used? Under what circumstances might it be permissible to use violence to further political goals? Can machines have intelligence? Why do beliefs need to be guided by evidence?
The Department of Philosophy at Kent is an open and friendly community with expertise in a range of areas including philosophy of mind, philosophy of time, liberation and totalitarianism, the value of suffering in criminal punishment and moral responsibility. You have the opportunity to develop your own thoughts on philosophical ideas and engage in debates on a range of topics.
Philosophy teaches you how to think and react to the world: in that sense, it is one of the most practical subjects you can study.
You begin with an introduction to philosophy, including ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning. You also have the opportunity to study rights and existentialism. If you are keen to widen your field of interest further, you can also study modules from other subjects.
In your second and final years, you focus in greater depth on subjects such as the philosophy of language, cognitive science, medicine, religion, feminist philosophy and politics. In the final year of study, you can also choose to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, based on your own research.
You can also apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.
See Kent’s Go Abroad pages for more details, or the Placement Year information from the Faculty of Humanities.
In the University’s Templeman Library, you have access to a number of relevant databases, including Academic Search Premier, British Humanities Index, The Philosopher’s Index and Web of Science.
The Philosophy Society is run by Kent students to promote philosophical discussion. The society hosts a series of activities including lectures, film nights, pub walks and social events.
The Philosophy Department runs an active events programme that you are welcome to attend. These may include: