Philosophy

Philosophy at A Level is an exciting opportunity for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of ultimate questions. It gives scope for those who wish to sharpen their own critical approach. If you are opting for Philosophy, you should have an enquiring mind and be willing to think, to question and to search. No religious faith is assumed or expected, merely an openness to discover and explore.

The subject is open to those students either following an arts or a science based course of study and may provide useful reflection upon other subject areas.

This specification is designed to:

  • develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy
  • help students gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques
  • enable students to develop the ability to reason, form their own judgements, express themselves coherently and contribute to the process of debate
  • show students how to consider philosophical problems through the study of a key text.

In Year 12, the pupils will study two main areas Epistemology and The Philosophy of Religion. The areas will focus on: Perception, The nature of Knowledge, The concepts of God, The arguments relating to God and Religious Language.

In Year 13, the pupils will study Ethics and The Philosophy of the Mind. The areas covered will be: Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, Ethical Language, Deontological Ethics, Dualism, Materialism and The mind-brain type identity theory.

Each year’s work will be examined by one three hour exam at the end of Year 13.

The study of Philosophy can be very helpful for those wishing to study medicine or wanting to have a career in the medical profession. Past students have gone onto study PPE, Philosophy, Medicine, Theology, Religious Studies and Applied Ethics.

Year 12 Philosophy

AQA - A-Level Philosophy Year 1 Epistemology and Moral Philosophy

Introduction

Section 1 – Epistemology

What is Knowledge?

  • The Tripartite view: knowledge as justified, true belief

Perception as a source of Knowledge

  • Direct Realism
  • Indirect realism
  • Idealism

Reason as a source of Knowledge

  • Innatism
  • The intuition and deduction thesis

The limits of knowledge

Section 2 – Moral Philosophy

Introduction to ethics: how do we decide what it is morally right to do?

  • Utilitarianism
  • Applying Utilitarianism

Kantian deontological Ethics

  • Kantian ethics
  • Applying Kantian Ethics

Aristotelian virtue Ethics

  • Aristotelian Ethics
  • Applying Aristotelian virtue ethics

Meta-Ethics

Exam revision

Year 13 Philosophy

AQA - A-Level Philosophy Year 2 - The metaphysics of God and The metaphysics of mind

 

Section 1 – The metaphysics of God

  • The concept and nature of God
  • Arguments for the incoherence of the concept of God
  • Arguments for the existence of God – Ontological, Teleological and Cosmological
  • The problem of evil
  • Religious Language
  • Cognitivism and Non-Cognitivism
  • Logical Positivist challenge to the status of metaphysical language
  • John Hick’s response to Ayer – eschatological verification
  • Flew, Hare and Mitchell

 

Section 2 – The Metaphysics of mind

  • What do we mean by Mind?
  • Features of mental states
  • Substance dualism
  • Property dualism
  • The issues facing dualism
  • Philosophical behaviourism
  • The mind-brain type identity theory
  • Functionalism
  • Eliminative materialism

Revision 

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