Why Should You Take This Course?
If you’re looking for a subject which will help you develop the skills of clear thinking and analysis, then philosophy is ideal. If you want a subject that is well regarded by employers and universities, then philosophy fits the bill. If they’re your only reasons for doing philosophy, then you’ll need to think very carefully before opting for it. For philosophy is a difficult, challenging subject that demands the effort and perseverance you’ll only possess if you’re interested in its central questions. They are the reasons to study philosophy.
If this kind of question strikes you as interesting, worthwhile and even important, then you’ll need to take philosophy.
- What is knowledge and how do we obtain it?
- Can I know there is an external world?
- Could you be a brain in a vat?
- Is there a coherent definition of God?
- Are there any good arguments for the existence of God?
- How can we (really) explain the fact that there
- Is my mind just my brain?
- Do I have freewill?
- Could a computer be a person?
- Is it the consequence of an action or your intentions that matter in judging if it’s right or wrong?
- Is morality objective or subjective?
Philosophy combines well with any humanity or social science subjects and with mathematics and the sciences.
AS: Year 1
Theory of Knowledge (epistemology) and the Philosophy of Religion
A2: Year 2
The Philosophy of Mind and Ethics
How will I be assessed?
You will be examined at the end of each year by one three hour exam.
What could I do next?
Philosophy is a respected, traditional academic subject, study of which indicates a capacity to think in a clear and structured fashion and to handle difficult concepts. It is excellent preparation for any arts or humanities degree and is also often studied jointly with languages, mathematics and sciences. It can lead to careers in, for example, education, the civil service, general management, the financial sector and entertainment.