Some advice for students: logical snippets, writing, reading lists

Logical snippets

General advice about writing

More reading advice for philosophers

  • There are a number of relevant reading lists in other parts of the site, but do note in particular the study Guide, Teach Yourself Logic.  As I note elsewhere, Logic is taught less and less (at least in UK departments); yet more and more philosophy is written which requires some technical knowledge. Many graduate students will need to teach themselves some or even all of the logic they want to know: the link is to a Guide
  • Mathematical logic. This is the reading list for the Cambridge Part II Mathematical Logic paper as of 2011-2012. The paper, with pretty much the current syllabus, is a very long-standing Cambridge tradition, rather distinctively covering both some core technical results in mathematical logic, but also exploring a selection of philosophical issues they give rise to or throw light on. The link is to the last version I was responsible for writing.
  • Fun reading in philosophy. Some suggestions for out-of-term-time reading, once you are a step on from being a beginner in philosophy. These are books which you might find positively enjoyable to read, written with a light touch and some zest, though still thought-provoking and instructive. I posted an initial list on the blog: more than forty people then added their own suggestions (some of which I really like, others of which seem a bit odd to me, but there’s no accounting for tastes). The link is to the whole thread for you to take your pick!