Writing samples for postgrad philosophy - breadth or depth?

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I'm applying for the Oxford BPhil in philosophy. I have several philosophy of science essays which all have high Firsts, but I'm debating whether to include part of a political philosophy essay which only got a 70. I think its arguments are decent but it doesn't draw on as much literature as the other essays, so that might look bad.

My degree is in Hebrew and Philosophy of Science, so I think it's important to indicate that I know about more than one area. But maybe the transcript would suffice for that.

Anyone have an opinion on this? Two essays in the same branch or one of each?
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In your shoes I would prefer to send a piece of work that was most subject relevant to show the skills that you feel are most important to demonstrate to your application and as you say a transcript of marks will show your overall ability anyway. Besides 70 is a strong mark anyway.
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(Original post by Maestosa)
I'm applying for the Oxford BPhil in philosophy. I have several philosophy of science essays which all have high Firsts, but I'm debating whether to include part of a political philosophy essay which only got a 70. I think its arguments are decent but it doesn't draw on as much literature as the other essays, so that might look bad.

My degree is in Hebrew and Philosophy of Science, so I think it's important to indicate that I know about more than one area. But maybe the transcript would suffice for that.

Anyone have an opinion on this? Two essays in the same branch or one of each?
Slightly off topic, but where are you studying that? That's an interesting degree combo
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In your shoes I would prefer to send a piece of work that was most subject relevant to show the skills that you feel are most important to demonstrate to your application and as you say a transcript of marks will show your overall ability anyway. Besides 70 is a strong mark anyway.
Thank you. They're both branches of philosophy, so both areas are relevant. It's more a question of whether to send two samples from the same area (I can send up to two essays), or to vary it.


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Slightly off topic, but where are you studying that? That's an interesting degree combo
UCL. Officially it's Hebrew and History and Philosophy of Science. It sounds bizarre but, works for me.
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