This course allows a wide range of perspectives to be understood, investigating ideas from ancient cultures through to the 21st Century. We use a range of contemporary case studies and resources, and encourage students to question, develop analytical skills, and express viewpoints clearly in written responses. There are four units in this course, with an online Anthology to support your understanding and evaluation of the following areas:
Unit 1 Epistemology: ‘What can we know?’ An exploration of perception (realism and idealism); knowledge (the relationships between belief, truth, and justifications); rationalism, reason, empiricism, intuition and deduction; the limits of knowledge (scepticism)
Unit 2 Moral Philosophy ‘How do we make moral decisions?’ An exploration of moral philosophy and ethical theories used to justify actions, including Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, ethical language applied to a range of contemporary issues and case studies
Unit 3 Metaphysics of God ‘Can the existence of God be proved?’ An exploration of the logic and evidence that is used to justify or challenge a belief that God exists, including the ontological, design and cosmological arguments; the problem of evil and suffering; exploring religious language
Unit 4 Metaphysics of Mind ‘Are my mind and body separate?’ An investigation into the relationship between mind and body, including understanding issues relating to dualism, materialism, funtionalism and identity.
Sixth Form entry requirements, including GCSE RS at grade 6 or English Language and Literature at grade 6.
Philosophy provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law, social work, international relations, public services including the police service, education, health services, medicine, politics, and business.