BA Philosophy and Literature
During the last century or so, developments in philosophical studies and in literary studies – especially within the English speaking world - have led their practitioners in markedly different directions. Philosophy has been transformed through developments in Logic, Mathematics and the Sciences, while developments in Literary Criticism have often seemed to lead away from concern with issues traditionally thought of as ‘philosophical’, and to be antipathetic to contemporary philosophical analysis. Largely as a consequence, important thinkers in whose writings ‘philosophical’ and ‘literary’ elements are closely interconnected tend to be neglected in undergraduate courses, where they fail to receive the sustained and rigorous critical examination appropriate to their work.
The Phil/Lit degree at Warwick was founded by the philosopher Martin Warner (B.Phil., Oxon) in 1969, when the university was only a few years old, and he taught on the course until his retirement in 2005. Since its founding, the degree has maintained its characteristic ambition to bring both disciplines into close contact, using each to interrogate the other, while maintaining a sense of their disciplinary uniqueness.
Designed for those students in whom philosophical and literary interests are closely combined, the widely respected Warwick BA in Philosophy and Literature is not simply a joint degree in the traditional sense, but also an attempt to explore areas of common interest. It includes as a major and distinctive element seminars and tutorials that are taught jointly by members of the Departments of Philosophy and of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Provision is also made to accommodate the special interests and gifts of individual students.
Prospective Students: If you're thinking of applying, find out all about the course here.
Funding and other opportunities outside the classroom: Students on this degree can compete for the Phil/Lit Essay Prize or apply for a grant from the Martin Warner Fund, and Warwick hosts a wide variety of academic and academic-related events that may be of interest to Philosophy and Literature students. Read more about them here.
The student experience