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If you come for interview in Philosophy, we don’t expect you to have read all of these books, but if you are looking for a taste of what philosophical texts are like, these are some examples that you may enjoy.

  • Plato, Euthyphro and Meno
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy – especially Meditations 1 and 2
  • David Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding – especially Sections IV, V, VII and X
  • George Berkeley, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty and The Subjection of Women
  • Thomas Nagel, Mortal Questions
  • Thomas Nagel, What Does It All Mean?
  • Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

If you would like further suggestions, you might like to look at the Philosophy Faculty's reading list, which has more pointers, whether you are looking for general reading about Philosophy or books on particular areas of the subject. There are also reading lists for first year papers in the section for current students.

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