Each year, New College admits more than twenty undergraduates to study for a degree involving Philosophy. We accept applications in all the joint degree schemes in which philosophy is involved - with the exception of Philosophy and Theology, and Physics and Philosophy. That is, we offer the following courses: 

The number of students studying philosophy at New College is unusually large in comparison with other Oxford colleges, and we have a correspondingly large number of college fellows working in the subject. The interests and research areas of the New College philosophers range from Aristotle's philosophy to modern epistemology and metaphysics, from formal symbolic logic to the philosophy of film, and from existentialist philosophy to contemporary analytic philosophy. Consequently we can offer a large and diverse range of options in teaching. 

The Tutors

There are three tutorial fellows in philosophy at New College.

Dr. Paolo Fait specializes in ancient philosophy. His research revolves around Aristotle's logic and metaphysics (with special focus on Aristotle's theory of syllogism, his system of categories, his views on relations and relative predicates, and his criticism of Platonic ideas), and around the development of rhetoric and dialectic in Plato and the Sophists (especially Protagoras). 

Prof. Volker Halbach is a logician with a special interest in formal theories of truth, the Gödel incompleteness theorems, and the philosophy of logic. Philosophy of language, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics are further areas of his research. Prof. Halbach is the author of the Logic Manual, the textbook for the first-year logic course. 

Prof. Stephen Mulhall works on the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and on some of the key figures in the Franco-German traditions of philosophy arising from Kant - especially Heidegger, Sartre, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. These are philosophers who tend to take a rather critical view of the ways philosophy is done in contemporary Anglo-American circles. He also has an interest in the relationship between philosophy and the arts (particularly in film and literature), and between philosophy and religion. 

Besides the three tutorial fellows in philosophy, the Wykeham Professor of Logic holds a chair at New College, and there are always additional philosophers holding temporary posts. 

The Philosophy Courses
Classics

See separate Classics subject entry. 

Computer Science and Philosophy

There are many links between computer science and philosophy: Logic is an obvious area where both subjects overlap. Logicians such as Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing are the founders of computer science. The theory of computability developed by these logicians has had a deep impact on philosophy. New College has a strength in logic and tutors are committed to the course. 

One of the Philosophy tutors, Professor Volker Halbach works in logic takes a special interest in the course. He has worked on the Gödel incompleteness theorems and aspects of the theory of computability. 

Places Available: 8 in total for straight Mathematics (both three- and four- year courses), Mathematics & Computer Science, Mathematics & Philosophy, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, and Computer Science & Philosophy. 

For more information, see the University web page for Computer Science and Philosophy

Mathematics and Philosophy

Since Plato, mathematics and philosophy have been seen as deeply related. Many areas in modern analytic philosophy rely on methods from logic and mathematics. In the course, the pure mathematics part of the mathematics course is combined with selected topics from philosophy. 

Both Mathematics and Philosophy tutors at New College are strongly committed to the course and welcome applications for Mathematics and Philosophy. This includes applciations for deferred entry. One of the Philosophy tutors, Prof. Volker Halbach, specializes in logic and philosophy or mathematics. In Mathematics, Prof. Victor Flynn's research area is Number Theory, and he tutors the Mathematics and Philosophy students across a range of topics in Pure Mathematics, including Analysis, Linear Algebra, Group Theory and Number Theory. 

Places Available: 8 in total for straight Mathematics (both three- and four- year courses), Mathematics & Computer Science, Mathematics & Philosophy, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, and Computer Science & Philosophy. 

For more information, see the University web page for Mathematics and Philosophy

Philosophy and Modern Languages

New College welcomes applications from students wishing to pursue this joint degree. The College is fortunate in having unusual strength in both disciplines: we have three fellows in Philosophy and five covering three diffrerent Modern Languages, as well as having tutors in Spanish and Italian in other colleges. One of the philosophers - Stephen Mulhall - has a specific research interest in a number of thinkers who worked in the post-Kantian philosophical traditions most closely associated with France and Germany - particularly Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre; and he is also closely engages with issues arising from the relations in 2which philosophy stands to the arts (particularlyu literature and film) and to religion. This means that much of the teaching onphilosophy papers that have a close bearing on the work of modern language students - those on 'Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Criticism', 'Post-Kantian Philosophy', 'Wittgenstein' and 'Philosophy of Religion' - will be taught within the College. 

The Modern Languages side of the course allows students the obvious advantage of being able to read some of the philosophical texts in the original language, and of bringing to those texts a greater awareness of the cultural context in which they were written. As many European philosophers were also writers in a broader, literary sense, Modern Linguists are in a position to appreciate this dimension of the philosophical works while developing a philosophical grasp of the ideas that writers explore in literary texts. There are a number of options in the Modern Languages courses that allow students to make a special study of philosophically related topics such as Literary Theory, Semantics, Eighteenth-century German aesthetics. Most of the core Modern Languages papers are taught in College. 

The combined course also offers students the possibility of studying a Modern Language and Philosophy without reference to each other for the sheer benefit of exploring two disciplines in which they have demonstrable interest and aptitude. 

For further information on how to apply, entrance requirements and selection criteria, please see the University website, the Faculty of Philosophy's website and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages' website. 

Places Available: 13 in total for Modern Languages and Joint Schools. 

For more information, see the University webpage for Philosophy and Modern Languages

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

See separate Philosophy, Politics and Economics subject entry. 

Psychology and Philosophy

New College welcomes applications from students wishing to pursue this joint degree. It has strengths in both subjects, and the interface between them is the site of some of the most exciting contemporary work in both fields. From philosophy's point of view, the nature of the mind is not just a subject that has been of interest since the inception of our discipline; empirical investigations into the mind and its methods of functioning can raise very significant questions about the resources that philosophers typically rely upon when addressing any subject that concerns them - in particular, questions about the nature of rationality and its place in the broader structure of human subjectivity. Prof. Mulhall has a particular interest in the course. 

At New College, you will take Psychology and Philosophy in your first year; New College does not offer the Linguistics option. Please see our Experimental Psychology pages for further details on the different aspects of the course. 

For more information on how to apply, entrance requirements and selection criteria, please visit the University webpage for Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics