Philosophy

Elective subject

Why Study Philosophy?

Are you interested in tackling big questions? Have you ever wondered what life is all about? Do you enjoy debate and discussion?

If so, Philosophy might be for you.

Philosophy deals with big questions about human life: What makes us happy? How can I decide what is right or wrong? Can I know anything for certain?

Learn about people whose ideas have made history;
Learn how to argue your case more effectively;
Learn skills that will improve your performance in other
There is growing evidence that Philosophy helps students think more independently, communicate more confidently and become more successful learners.

Course Content

From Plato to NATO – the Great Philosophers, including

  • Plato – What is truth?
  • Aristotle – What makes us happy?
  • Aquinas – Can we prove that God exists?
  • Machiavelli and Hobbes – What’s the point of politics? Descartes and Locke – Can we know anything for certain? Voltaire and Leibniz – Why is there suffering?
  • Hume – Is there a designer God?
  • Kant, Bentham and Mill – Rules or consequences? How do we decide?
  • Nietzsche and Sartre – What’s the meaning of life?
  • A.J. Ayer – What do we mean when we say what we say?
  • Simone de Beauvoir – Men and women: the same but different?
  • Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn – How does Science give us knowledge?
  • Philippa foot, Judith Jarvis Thomson and John Rawls – Three famous thought experiments
  • Alan Turing and John Searle – Can computers think?
  • Peter Singer – Do animals have rights?

Problems in Philosophy, including

  • What are human rights?
  • What do we mean by ‘right’ and ‘wrong’? Can we be free and equal?
  • What is a person? Do we have free will? What is art?

A Philosopher’s Toolkit

  • Puzzles and games to sharpen your thinking and develop your problem-solving skills.