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Discover Philosophy – Friday 29 June 2018

What makes our actions right or wrong? Is it OK to torture one innocent person in order to save the lives of a thousand others? Does God exist? How can we know anything about the world around us? Is my mind just my brain? Should we trust doctors more than homeopaths? What is truth? Is democracy better than dictatorship? Is it rational to fear death? What is time?

If you find these kinds of questions interesting, then come along to Discover Philosophy and find out more! The event is aimed at year 12 students, whether or not you are studying or have any prior knowledge of philosophy

Studying philosophy at Manchester changed my life - I found something I felt really mattered in life

David F Seehouse / BA Philosophy

You can come to philosophy with any academic background: you just need curiosity and an open mind. Philosophy asks – and tries to answer – the kinds of deep and puzzling questions that other subjects don’t answer. So if you’re interested in truth, beauty, right and wrong, justice, the nature of science, how language works, the meaning and value of life, the existence of God, the difference between rational and irrational beliefs … then philosophy is for you.

Through a series of interactive talks and workshops, participants will gain hands-on experience of this fascinating area, and there will be plenty of opportunities during the day to put your questions to university teachers of philosophy, students, and even a bestselling philosophy author.

When studying for a degree in philosophy, students don’t simply learn about philosophical questions and how philosophers have attempted to answer them. Instead, the focus is on doing philosophy for oneself: thinking through the questions, analysing and criticising existing answers, and trying to think of new answers – and indeed new questions.

Students learn how to argue carefully and persuasively, without ignoring other people’s views for no good reason and without relying on the kind of rhetoric we find in the media and in politics.

Throughout the day, visiting students will see how philosophy creates graduates with highly developed language and communication skills and exceptional critical and analytical skills. Most importantly, it creates people who can think carefully and creatively for themselves.

Registration for this discover day is now closed. Our Autumn Discover Day dates will be released in the new term.

Provisional programme

(Please note this programme is subject to change.)

9.45am  Arrival, refreshments, sign up for workshops, 
10am Welcome
10.15am  Overview of philosophy degrees
10.45am Mini philosophy lecture
11.15am  Workshop selection and break
11.45am Workshops 
12.30pm Lunch
1.20pm Workshops 
2.15pm  Philosophy and my career
2.45pm Question-And-Answer Session With Philosophy Students
3.15pm  Evaluation
3.30pm–4.15pm Optional campus tour

Register for this Discover Day