The benefits of studying philosophy extend far beyond the subject itself. It promotes independent thinking and improves your ability to produce rational arguments. A level Philosophy explores some of the big questions concerning reality and existence.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here. The first opportunity sit exams for this course is 2019.
Duration of study
- Philosophical terminology
- What is knowledge?
- Responses to Gettier
Section 2 - Perception as a source of knowledge
- Direct realism
- Indirect realism
- Berkeley's idealism
Section 3 - Reason as a source of knowledge
- Rationalism, empiricism and innatism
- Empiricism: the tabula rasa argument
- The intuition and deduction thesis
- Empiricist responses
- Scepticism: the limits of knowledge
Section 4 - Normative ethical theories
- Introduction to ethics
- Kantian ethics
- Aristotelian virtue ethics
Section 5 - Meta-ethics and applied ethics
- Moral realism
- Moral anti-realism
- Applied ethics
Section 6 - Metaphysics of God, 1: arguments for the existence of God
- Introduction to the metaphysics of God
- The ontological argument
- The design argument
- The cosmological argument
Section 7 - Metaphysics of God, 2
- The concept of God
- The problem of evil
- Religious language
Section 8 - Metaphysics of mind, 1
- Introduction to the metaphysics of mind
- What do we mean by 'mind'?
- Substance dualism
Section 9 - Metaphysics of mind, 2: physicalist theories
- Mind-brain identity theory
- Eliminative materialism
Section 10 - Metaphysics of mind, 3
- Property dualism
Exams and assessment
- 3 hours, 50% of marks
- 3 hours, 50% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Set texts and resources
- Philosophy for AS and A Level: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy, M Lacewing, Routledge 2017
- Philosophy for A Level: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind, M Lacewing, Routledge 2017
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