Philosophy A level
‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ So said Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher condemned to death in ancient Athens for challenging the ideas of the city’s gods and morality.
In other words, he was killed for making the city’s leaders heads hurt. Philosophy as an academic subject will certainly will make your head hurt! But the benefits are that you come to a clearer understanding of what your head is: soul, mind, brain?
This course is examined through AQA and will push your intellect to think about the central questions of knowledge: metaphysics of God and mind, epistemology and morality. By the end of the course you should be able to know what you doubt and doubt what you know as well as write clearly about it. In short, you will know and understand the famous phrase by Descartes, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ But you may also think that Descartes was wrong and that you are, so therefore you think.
In short, where other subjects stop, Philosophy is just getting started. And, if you want to know about the meaning of life it might help you find it – as long as you know your a priori from your a posteriori! An essential part of any properly educated student, Philosophy creates strong-minded pupils who can justify their true beliefs and know the minds of others as well as themselves. Above all, philosophy creates public minded students who can discuss and debate important ideas with each other. Actually, everyone does this, but to do it well and back up the assumptions you use in other subjects, then Philosophy is the best way to develop your arguments. We look forward to your application.