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Books to read if you’re a Philosophy student

About to start Philosophy at Exeter? Or are you a Philosophy student looking for something different? Philosophy lecturers from the department have given us their suggestions for a number of titles that inspired their interest in Philosophy:

Dr Edward Skidelsky: The Great Philosophers by Bryan Magee

“A chatty introduction to the history of Western philosophy, based on a series of television interviews conducted by Magee in the 1980s. Very clear and readable”.

Professor Michael Hauskeller: The Philosopher’s Dog by Raimond Gaita 

“A great read on the nature of the mind, about what it means to be a human and an animal, and how we can understand each other”.

Dr Staffan Müller-Wille: Discovering Plato by Alexandre Koyré 

“He not only explains Plato’s philosophy very well, but at the same time raises the question of what philosophy actually is about”.

Dr Joel Krueger: Zen Action, Zen Person by Thomas P. Kasulis 

“This book awakened my interest in Zen Buddhism – and non-western philosophy more generally – and serves as an important reminder that profound philosophical resources exist outside the standard Western canon”.

 Professor David Inglis: No Exit, and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre

“Jean-Paul Sartre wrote plays andnovels to introduce readers to his philosophy ofexistentialism, which in turn drew upon earlier major philosophers. These plays are an enjoyable introduction to central themes in French and German philosophy, and are absorbing to read in their own right, as they contain intense dramatic situations”.


Gemma Joyce

Philosophy: The student experience

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Philosophy finalist Gemma Joyce shares her experiences of studying at Exeter.

Studying Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Exeter has been great fun and has massively complemented my choice of a career in journalism.

At the end of my second year I became editor of Exeter’s award winning student paper, Exeposé – something I’d definitely recommend getting involved in. If you’re interested in the media, Exeter has a wide range of student publications from academic journals to music magazines. We also have radio and television production societies, but the opportunities aren’t just limited to Exeter – my experience at Exeposé proved hugely helpful in my applications for work experience elsewhere and I successfully got placements at The Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post while studying – something the department was very supportive of.

My degree’s flexible hours helped fit my time around the demands of running the paper and doing regular essays and exams really helped to hone my writing skills. Moving forward, I’m going to do a Masters in Newspaper Journalism at City University London, the best course available for trainee journalists in the country – something I couldn’t do without my degree from Exeter.

Gemma Joyce, BA Philosophy and Sociology, Year 3