This course in philosophy is grounded in the exploration of profound, fascinating and challenging questions arising out of students' everyday experiences. It aims to engage students in philosophical enquiry and dialogue about life's big questions, and to develop critical, creative, collaborative, caring thinkers who can participate in informed discourse and act in the world in a more reflective manner.
How will Philosophy [SC] be useful to me?
Philosophy contributes to students’ understanding of themselves, their world and their place in it. Through the exploration of the questions, students will encounter the main areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics (What is existence?), epistemology (What is knowledge?), aesthetics (What is beauty?), social and political philosophy (What is the best form of government?), ethics (What is justice?), etc. They will also encounter some of the thinkers, past and present, who have grappled with these and other big questions.
The course consists of ten strands, with the first being a core strand which covers the foundation for studying philosophy. Teachers may then choose any four of the following:
- Philosophy of Knowledge
- Philiosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Art
- Philosophy of Sport
- Philosophy of Science and Technology
- Moral Philosophy
- Social and Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Education
- Philosophy of Religion