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Degree: Philosophy (Doctorate) - Cambridge University

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Enthusiastic, prize-winning Oxford and Cambridge graduate, specialising in Philosophy.

"I'm extremely passionate about philosophy, and about teaching; I have a lot of experience teaching experience; and I'll bring expert-level knowledge to your tutorials. I pride myself on making things easy to understand, and showing you the joy of wrapping your head around difficult concepts and conundrums. Get in touch for a tailor-made course of tutorials. I look forward to finding out how I can help you!"

University Education

2015-2018     PhD in Philosophy, University of Cambridge

2014-2015     MPhil in Philosophy, Distinction, University of Cambridge

2013-2014     MA in Philosophy, Distinction, Central European University, Budapest

2009-2013     BA in German & Philosophy, First Class, University of Oxford

2011-2012     Year abroad, Humboldt Universität, Berlin

Secondary Education

2009              A Levels: German A, Maths A, Physics A, Critical Thinking A.

                     Advanced Extension Award: German Merit, Physics Merit.

Prizes and Awards

2015-8          AHRC Doctoral Award, University of Cambridge

2014             Timothy Joyce Studentship, University of Cambridge

2013             Partial CEU Fellowship, Central European University

                   Gibbs Prize in Philosophy, (best result in year) University of Oxford

                    Henry Wilde Prize in Philosophy, nomination (“truly outstanding” Finals performance) University of Oxford

Teaching Experience

2016            Philosophy Supervisor (undergraduate), University of Cambridge

                  A Level Philosophy teacher, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

2015-6        Philosophy tutor (A Level, undergraduate), MyTutorWeb

                  Mentor and tutor (primary school), Cambridge Student Community Action

2015           Teacher of Philosophy, English & Music, SUKRUPA (Secondary School), Bangalore

                  Facilitator in Modern Foreign Languages, Crossley Heath School & Morley Academy

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Philosophy A Level £30 /hr
Philosophy and Ethics A Level £30 /hr
Philosophy GCSE £30 /hr
Philosophy and Ethics GCSE £30 /hr
Philosophy IB £30 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £30 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
PhilosophyMasters DegreeDistinction
Philosophy & GermanBachelors Degree1st
GermanA-LevelA
Critical ThinkingA-LevelA
PhysicsA-LevelA
MathsA-LevelA
PhilosophyMasters DegreeDistinction
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27/01/2015

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Ratings and reviews

5from 14 customer reviews

Izzi (Student) January 3 2016

Very helpful, talking through possible exam questions gave me a good idea of how to approach them

Izzi (Student) January 8 2016

Really useful session, very good at explaining things clearly

Izzi (Student) January 17 2016

The tutorials with James have been extremely helpful.

Devon (Student) November 3 2015

really good session - very grateful for the help - some connection problems
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Questions James has answered

Explain and illustrate two reasons for holding the view that at birth the mind is a tabula rasa (blank slate). [15 marks]

What is a tabula rasa? The empiricists held that humans are born as blank slates. This means that there are no 'innate ideas' -- ideas possessed at birth, prior to any experience. Locke used the analogy that the mind is a blank piece of paper, and that experience is what writes symbols on it....

What is a tabula rasa?

The empiricists held that humans are born as blank slates. This means that there are no 'innate ideas' -- ideas possessed at birth, prior to any experience. Locke used the analogy that the mind is a blank piece of paper, and that experience is what writes symbols on it.

HUME'S ARGUMENTS:

1. A blind man can never grasp the idea of the colour red. This shows that ideas are derived from experience. It follows that at birth, prior to experience, we would have no ideas -- we would be 'blank slates'.

This observation is plausible. It provides an example of the view that ideas have their "origins in the senses", and that without those senses we would not have any ideas.

However, Hume needs to establish that this holds for all of our ideas. Someone could consistently accept that the idea of red must be derived from sensation (and hence would not be present at birth), but deny that this held for all sensations. For example, it is not obvious that the ideas of God, the soul or power are derived from the senses, so generalising from one example is unconvincing.

2. Hume issues the challenge to produce an idea that is not derived from experience. He argues that no such examples are to be found, and hence there are no counter-examples to the claim that all ideas are derived from sensation. This would have the consequence that we possess no ideas at birth, prior to having experience, and would hence be blank slates.

If Hume is right to hold that there are no counter-examples to be found, then this would indeed vindicate the view that the mind is a 'tabula rasa' at birth. However, there are some weaknesses in the way he argues: he relies on empiricist accounts of e.g. the idea of God; he accepts the possibility of having an idea of a "missing shade of blue", which would be a counter-example; and he appeals to his doctrine that all ideas are derived from experience to deny that we have any idea of "occult qualities" -- this seems circular.

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Was konnte man sich lange Zeit nicht vorstellen? Warum? [2 marks]

Here's the passage that goes with the question: "Öko-Mode und Luxus – eine Verbindung,  die man lange nicht für möglich hielt. Luxus war in den Augen von  Öko-Freunden etwas Unnötiges. Wer in  den achtziger Jahren mit grünen Ideen  sympathisierte, war mit dem Einfachen  zufrieden."   The fir...

Here's the passage that goes with the question:

"Öko-Mode und Luxus – eine Verbindung,  die man lange nicht für möglich hielt. Luxus war in den Augen von  Öko-Freunden etwas Unnötiges. Wer in  den achtziger Jahren mit grünen Ideen  sympathisierte, war mit dem Einfachen  zufrieden."

 

The first sentence of the text provides the answer to the 'what' question; the rest answers the 'why' question. Remember to answer in full German sentences when the question is in German. You could write:

"Man konnte sich die Verbinding von Öko-Mode und Luxus nicht vorstellen, weil man dachte, dass grüne Ideen nur mit einfachem Stil zusammenpasste."

You need to find a way to repeat the information in your own words. The marks are for comprehension and accuracy, so there's no need to try to use complicated constructions. Just make sure you include the relevant information, and write in intelligible German.

Remember as a rule of thumb: 2 marks = 2 points to make.

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