Not me, no. I was afraid I was coming across as overly traditional/posh/private school-ish, because of my suit and my apparently posh English (I'm Dutch), so when I got some questions on Bush I hope my left-winged-ness came forward enough. They even asked me if I was pushed into applying.. What kind of question is that?!
On the test: Epistemological? :s Wtf. I wrote on Deontology and Teleology. About Kant and JS Mill, and Bentham's hedonistic calculus. And then I wrote about my own opinion, which was still slightly different. I'm not so sure about some things I said though. First of all, I said deontologism instead deontology. But hey, I'm international. And secondly, I somehow managed to involve Supernanny into the situation. Don't ask me how; it probably looked ridiculous.
And the questions were HARD. I got stuck on one somewhere in the beginning, something with Arsenal supporters and Londoners? I don't know. And the last one, about vowels, I'm sure I did that one wrong. Because I didn't know what vowels were. Lol.
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I'm very sceptical of all the applicants saying that they're into mathematical philosophy or wittgenstein. I'm studying Wittgenstein (The Tractatus, the shorter of his two major works) in my third year and struggling immensely. In order to understand it you need a basic knowledge of both Frege and Russell. I just don't believe that many (if any) of the applicants have read any Wittgenstein and understood it.
Oh, and don't worry about the supernanny reference. One of the joys of philosophy is the bizarre examples you can find (and sometimes need to find) to demonstrate things. Anyway, supernanny is excellent.
PS: On 'The History Boys': that film has probably done a lot of damage to work by the Access people. It's a great film, but all the ideas it has about application are a little out of date. Actually maybe that's what the applicants meant when they were talking of Wittgenstein: They know "The world is everything that is the case." and "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent" and think they understand. I don't understand, but at least I know that I don't understand.
PPS: Hi! I'm also (along with Nina) a current student, btw, if you hadn't picked that one up yet.
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