Why can't Oxford Offer a Joint Degree in History-Philosophy-English?

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Oxford is most famous for its well-regarded degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) - The gold-standard course for any aspiring politician, journalist and top-level civil servant. Oxford also offers numerous other joint degrees combining like subjects. My question is, why doesn't Oxford offer a joint degree combining History, Philosophy and English? This would make an excellent combination in which each of these disciplines would compliment each other nicely.
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It's difficult for Oxford to offer anything that involve different departments because it's a very devolved institution.
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Nonsense!....They offer a plethora of combined and joint degrees which attach numerous departments. If they can offer a degree combining History and English, as well as one which attaches Philosophy with English, why, then, can't they fund a degree which combines all three of these core humanities disciplines together?
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Why are you just focusing on Oxford?
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(Original post by Dodge-Slant-6)
Oxford is most famous for its well-regarded degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
To the layman, maybe. In reality the great majority of Oxford's funding and activity is research in the sciences, mainly medical.

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, as well as one which attaches Philosophy with English
There is no course which does this.
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Alright, so they combine Philosophy with Modern Languages, not English. It doesn't really matter, anyway. They're still two separate disciplines, two separate departments, combined into one course. I think my question is still relevant, and my suggestion should be considered of forming a course combining History, English and Philosophy. That would be an interesting degree.
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(Original post by Dodge-Slant-6)
Alright, so they combine Philosophy with Modern Languages, not English. It doesn't really matter, anyway. They're still two separate disciplines, two separate departments, combined into one course. I think my question is still relevant, and my suggestion should be considered of forming a course combining History, English and Philosophy. That would be an interesting degree.
It would be a pretty unusual combination. Philosophy, politics and economics have always been closely intertwined because they are written about by the same people, and often within the same works. Mill, Locke, Hayek, Marx, Rothbard, and others wrote about all three at the same time - they rarely in fact distinguished between them.

However, it is comparatively rare for writing to involve History, Philosophy, and English Literature at once. Some branches of continental philosophy, by writers like Derrida and Sartre, do feature all three, but this kind of thing is not really taught in in the Anglosphere and even less in England specifically. For that reason it is just an odd combination. In any case, PPE is already a well established brand, but I hear regularly that the inter-departmental aspect does not work very well - so I suppose for this reason Oxford does not want to have that problem again.
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(Original post by Dodge-Slant-6)
Alright, so they combine Philosophy with Modern Languages, not English. It doesn't really matter, anyway. They're still two separate disciplines, two separate departments, combined into one course. I think my question is still relevant, and my suggestion should be considered of forming a course combining History, English and Philosophy. That would be an interesting degree.
A compelling reason for studying philosophy with modern languages is that you can then study philosophers without translation.
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I personally think that this would be a good subject combination, but the poorly-made ad hominem attacks by the OP aren't doing anything to help his cause.

OP, you don't sound like a good philosopher to me; work on your ability to argue in an intellectual and coherent capacity and people might actually take you seriously.
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