Philosophy


LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: OCR

WHY CHOOSE PHILOSOPHY?
Philosophy literally means ‘a love of wisdom’. The study of philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of
knowledge, reality and existence. The Philosophy A Level will introduce you to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, starting with Plato and ending with Nietzsche, taking in Descartes and Hume along the way.
Bertrand Russell, arguably one of this century’s finest philosophers said “The man who has no tincture of
philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense.” It is a common theme that runs through philosophy to question what appear to be obvious, common sense answers. In doing so other sciences were born, when philosophers started to question the way people gained knowledge, it became psychology and when they started to question the magnificence and beauty of the stars, it became astronomy.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

To understand the basics of philosophical thought and to explore the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics as branches of philosophical study.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Ancient Greek Philosophy – Plato and Aristotle The Nature of God – Descartes and Aquinas Arguments for the existence of God

The Problem of Evil Utilitarianism Natural Law

Categorical Imperative

Applied Ethics: War, Euthanasia, Abortion, Genetic

Engineering

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Students will be assessed by two end of year examinations which will allow them to apply their knowledge as well as critically assess and evaluate ideas and theories found in the Philosophy of Religion and the study of Ethics.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Philosophy requires you to have an open and questioning mind and it will help you to develop it further. It encourages critical analysis of text and arguments. It provides you with a working understanding of the fundamental nature of argument. It can help to prepare you for the further study of Philosophy or the extremely popular degree course PPE. Philosophy compliments both Arts and Science subjects at degree level both in content and in transferable skills.