The transition between school and university is t an easy one. There are unfamiliar subjects to be studied and even familiar subjects are approached in new ways. The pace of learning is much faster, the volume of written work increases and all the deadlines seem to come at once. And then there are the exams. The Get Set for University series aims to bridge the gap by: introducing subjects as they are taught at university; providing some time management strategies; suggesting how to get the most out of lectures and tutorials; showing how to write an essay to university standards; and taking some of the agony out of exams. This text combines an introduction to philosophy as a degree subject with the practical study and assessment skills that the student is likely to need. It begins by helping a student to make an informed choice about which philosophy course to apply for and goes on to introduce the subject via key problems and philosophers. It guides the reader towards philosophical thinking as an activity and offers practical advice for developing techniques specific to the study of philosophy.
Douglas Burnham is Professor of Philosophy at Staffordshire University and author of An Introduction to Kant's Critique of Judgement (Edinburgh University Press, 2000).