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    I am applying for Philosophy and Politics, however I don't study either subjects. Is this okay? Will universities frown upon this? Also, does anyone know any good books or articles on either subjects for me to read? Thanks
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    Have you studied history? That's closely related to politics and somewhat related to philosophy, so an application from someone who'd studied history but neither politics nor philosophy would be not unexpected I think.

    In any case it's fine not to have studied either as long as you can convice universities in your personal statement that you have an interest in them. It does seem to me a bit odd that not only have you not studied either, you also can't think of any books to read about either subject - or have you been reading about them already and just want more ideas?

    In any case here are a few ideas:

    Politics
    Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson, Why Nations Fail
    Cass Sunstein, Nudge
    Robert Dahl, On Democracy

    Philosophy
    Thomas Nagel, What Does It All Mean?
    Simon Blackburn, Think
    Simon Blackburn, Being Good
    Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
    John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
    Descartes, Meditations

    Political Philosophy
    Jonathan Wolff, An Introduction to Political Philosophy
    Adam Swift, Political Philosophy: A Guide for Students and Politicians
    John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

    Plus the Very Short Introduction series by Oxford University Press are generally very good, and there are plenty in both politics and philosophy.
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    Thank you! I have done a bit of reading, but just wanted some more suggestions. Also I wanted to them both for A Levels, but my parents didn't let me... I do study History though


    (Original post by Estreth)
    Have you studied history? That's closely related to politics and somewhat related to philosophy, so an application from someone who'd studied history but neither politics nor philosophy would be not unexpected I think.

    In any case it's fine not to have studied either as long as you can convice universities in your personal statement that you have an interest in them. It does seem to me a bit odd that not only have you not studied either, you also can't think of any books to read about either subject - or have you been reading about them already and just want more ideas?

    In any case here are a few ideas:

    Politics
    Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson, Why Nations Fail
    Cass Sunstein, Nudge
    Robert Dahl, On Democracy

    Philosophy
    Thomas Nagel, What Does It All Mean?
    Simon Blackburn, Think
    Simon Blackburn, Being Good
    Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
    John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
    Descartes, Meditations

    Political Philosophy
    Jonathan Wolff, An Introduction to Political Philosophy
    Adam Swift, Political Philosophy: A Guide for Students and Politicians
    John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

    Plus the Very Short Introduction series by Oxford University Press are generally very good, and there are plenty in both politics and philosophy.
 
 
 
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