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Hi Everyone,

Just wondering: Has anyone else recently had an interview for philosophy at Cambridge? Mine was at King's. How did it go? What did you think of the test?
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Hi Everyone,

Just wondering: Has anyone else recently had an interview for philosophy at Cambridge? Mine was at King's. How did it go? What did you think of the test?
Yeah, I had mine at Trinity. It was OK... I can't really say how it went.
The test was quite easy actually. Does all colleges have the same test?
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Mine was at Clare. See my thread.
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Yeah, I had mine at Trinity. It was OK... I can't really say how it went.
The test was quite easy actually. Does all colleges have the same test?
I have no idea. I had about 10 multiple choice logic questions which were pretty easy, then i had two more extended questions. One was asking for my comment about an argument two people were having, the other asked whether

"Does it make sense to say that certain pleasures are better than others? E.g. Is enjoying Philosophy better than enjoying pornography?

The interview was intense. No questions about me or my personal stuff during either interview. They didn't even refer to my test or submitted work. Is that good or bad?

I basically had two mini tutorials. Talking about the self, IVF and utilitarianism.
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Mine was at Clare. See my thread.
Sorry Adhsur, new to this business - how do i find your thread?
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I have no idea. I had about 10 multiple choice logic questions which were pretty easy, then i had two more extended questions. One was asking for my comment about an argument two people were having, the other asked whether

"Does it make sense to say that certain pleasures are better than others? E.g. Is enjoying Philosophy better than enjoying pornography?

The interview was intense. No questions about me or my personal stuff during either interview. They didn't even refer to my test or submitted work. Is that good or bad?

I basically had two mini tutorials. Talking about the self, IVF and utilitarianism.
Oh yeah, that was the test I had. I think I screwed up the last question, didn't really know what to write.
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Oh yeah, that was the test I had. I think I screwed up the last question, didn't really know what to write.
Oh right, lol! I thought that one was the easy one, but the one before it was rock hard!

Basically i talked about higher and lower pleasures and that intellectual pleasures were far better than physical ones.
My final line went something like "Enjoying philosophy clearly has greater benefits than merely masturbating."
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(Original post by Perdurabo)
Hi Everyone,

Just wondering: Has anyone else recently had an interview for philosophy at Cambridge? Mine was at King's. How did it go? What did you think of the test?
Wow, a friends sister also went for philosophy at Kings. Quite a pretty brunette girl called sophie (dont know if you bumped into her)
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Its a good question.

One famous geezer said that philosophy is at once the most sublime and most futile of human activities.

Philosophical discourse in its most theoretical often has a strongly egotistical and self indulgent element to it. Espeically moral philosophy where the questions say concerning meta-ethics become so abstract that they have absolutely nothing to do with real life, yet give the person reflecting some feeling that they are doing it for a greater Cause. This in my opinion often lapses into an acute sense of elitism.

For me the joy and beauty of philosophy is its potential to unmuddle things. It is so broad and by its nature connected to the fundamentals of things that one can get a great deal out of using it by employing it in literatrue, art in general, politics, society and just life. I find this fun, and I get a great amount of enjoyment!

Yet I am uncomfortable with the idea that philosphy is elevated somehow beyond other disciplines because of this romantic idea that it is a quest for absolutes and Universal truths and that its good is manifest in the world. It takes a certain amount of privelage to be in a position where one can enter into deepest philosophical theorizing for one's whole life, say in academia. This fact can easily be forgotten and thus one can find themself being a smug, elitist ******* bit like Plato in his Philosopher state.

Sorry about this, not really in the same vain as the thread in general.
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Its a good question.

One famous geezer said that philosophy is at once the most sublime and most futile of human activities.
that would be aristotle. sorry felt urge to show off my sole piece of philosophy knowledge
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Sorry Adhsur, new to this business - how do i find your thread?
http://www.uk-learning.net/showthread.php?t=18936

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that would be aristotle. sorry felt urge to show off my sole piece of philosophy knowledge
unfortunately it was actually william james who said it
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edit-i am talking rubbish and didnt actually bother reading what you said properly..going to bed now

-aristotles views on eudaimonia are similar but obv not the same-
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Wow, a friends sister also went for philosophy at Kings. Quite a pretty brunette girl called sophie (dont know if you bumped into her)
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No sorry. didn't meet many applicants. Just wanted to get in and out.
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