Every year, the Philosophy department runs PhilSkills workshops to help undergraduate students improve the skills they need to succeed in their studies.

Each of these workshops is designed with a particular course in mind, but all interested students are welcome to attend. If you’d like to come to a workshop, please click on the date/time to book a spot for yourself.

“Reading Philosophy to Write Philosophy”
Sept. 27 (11:10) with Jade Fletcher for Mind, Matter and Language
Nov. 13 (16:10) with Filipa Melo Lopes for Morality & Value

Mar. 4 (16:10) with Josh Thorpe for Knowledge and Reality
Mar. 24 (16:10) with Jonathan Cottrell for Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment
This session addresses how to read and interpret a philosophical text. How is reading philosophy different from reading other texts? How do you distil the main theses or arguments? How do you effectively make notes? 

“How to Write Philosophy”
Feb. 10 (17:00) with Bryan Pickel for Knowledge and Reality
Feb. 5 (17:00) with Damian Caluori for Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment

Oct. 11 (16:00) with Wolfgang Schwarz for Mind, Matter and Language
Oct. 9 (15:00) with Guy Fletcher for Morality & Value

This session begins with a brief discussion of why we write essays in the first place. We will then discuss features of a good philosophy essay and how to get started on your own.