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    Philosophy

    Philosophy

    Philosophy (AS and A2) AQA

    AS (2175)     A-level (2175)

    ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’ (Socrates)

    'An unlived life is not worth examining' (Graffiti Anon)


    Students will learn about key concepts in philosophy through the study of four themes: Epistemology; Philosophy of Religion; Ethics; and Philosophy of Mind. Through textual extracts they will explore and learn to assess philosophical arguments and counter-arguments.

    Students will take two 3 hour exam at the end of the two year course.


    AS level

    Unit 1 - Epistemology

    Perception

    Knowledge

    Rationalism/Empiricism

    Unit 2 – Moral Philosophy

    Consequentialist ethical theories (Utilitarianism)

    Kantian Ethics

    Virtue Ethics


    A2 level

    Unit 3 – The metaphysics of God

    The concept and nature of God

    Arguments relating to the existence of God

    Religious language

    Unit 4 – The metaphysics of the mind

    What do we mean by ‘mind’?

    Dualist theories

    Physicalism