"All people by nature desire to know." -Aristotle
Philosophy begins, as Aristotle tells us, in the innate human capacity for wonder. We in Oxford's Philosophy Department, seek to help our students nurture that native wonder through intellectual discipline and conceptual thoroughness. Philosophy pursues the purest use of the human mind and no presuppositions are to be left unexamined.
Philosophy courses challenge students to consider themselves and the world in which they live with a critical eye. We promote an engagement with this unending investigation into the meaning of being human, perhaps captured best two and a half millennia ago by Socrates when he said, "the unexamined life is not worth living."
We invite you to join us on that journey and dialogue.