Philosophy involves questioning some of our most basic assumptions about the world and human existence. What is reality? Does God exist? Can we ever have certain knowledge about our world? How should we live our lives? This course provides senior students with an introduction to Philosophy. We will cover the basics of reasoning and assess what distinguishes a good argument from a bad argument. We will also explore a range of philosophical problems from ancient times to the present day. The course runs for 12 weeks and is suitable for Year 12 and 13 students with an interest in thinking deeply about the world and their place in it.
Topics of discussion will be selected from the following list:
- Universals and particulars
- Does God exist?
- Fate, free will and determinism
- What is truth?
- Problems of identity
- Theories about the self
- Philosophy of time
- The nature of existence and other possible worlds
- The problem of causation
- Mind/body dualism
- Selected ethical problems
- Free speech and its limits
- Knowledge and scepticism
- What makes something a work of art?
- Art and ethics
- Does philosophy make progress?
Contact: Mr Scott Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Lunchtimes once per week for 12 weeks (day and location TBC).