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Cambridge has occupied a uniquely distinguished place in the history of philosophy in the last 100 years. It was here in the early years of the 20th century, that Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ramsey and others developed the analytic style of philosophy which is now prominent in much of the world. The Faculty of Philosophy today retains a strong commitment to this analytic tradition, combining it with study and teaching of the history of philosophy from Plato to the present day, as well as aesthetics and political philosophy.

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  • Bildung : the relation between the self and culture in Schiller, Hegel, and Nietzsche. 

    Amos, Michael Judson (1991-06-21)
    I begin this thesis by introducing some of the key words which are relevant to the development of the concept of Bildung, or self-cultivation, in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Germany. In the second chapter ...
  • Austinian Disjunctivism Defended: A Presentational Theory of Visual Experience 

    Moran, Alexander Paul (2019-07-31)
    This thesis develops a general theory about the nature of conscious visual experience. My starting point is with the naïve realist theory of visual perception. Whilst naïve realism is by no means universally endorsed, I ...
  • Salience Perspectives 

    Whiteley, Ella Kate (2019-10-26)
    In the philosophy of language and epistemology, debates often centre on what content a person is communicating, or representing in their mind. How that content is organised, along dimensions of salience, has received ...
  • Alterpieces: Artworks as Shifting Speech Acts 

    Dixon, Daisy (2019-05-18)
    Art viewers and critics talk as if visual artworks say things, express messages, or have meanings. For instance, Picasso’s 'Guernica' has been described as a “generic plea against the barbarity and terror of war”, forming ...

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