Philosophy Oxford & Cambridge University Interview Questions

Past admissions interview questions for Philosophy

  • Is the chair really there? (molivam42's weblog)

  • If you were to form a government of philosophers what selection process would you use? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • Is it moral to hook up a psychopath (whose only pleasure is killing) to a reality-simulating machine so that he can believe he is in the real world and kill as much as he likes? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • if I could pass any piece of legislation through parliament, what would it be? - philosophy, (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • what about fatalism? (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • how do we know if 1 + 1 = 2 if the concept of numbers was in fact 'invented' by humans? (Oxford, Oxbridge Applications)

  • why do you think grandparents feel the need to academically surpass their children and grandchildren? (Oxford, Oxbridge Applications)

  • Plato argues that objects in our world, such as chairs, come from an ideal form of a chair that transcends our world. Do you find this convincing? (life more extraordinary)

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