What will I learn in Philosophy?
At Advanced level, you will study Logic (formal and informal logic), Ethics together with questions related to Personhood, what constitutes true knowledge (Epistemology), issues related to Existence (e.g. free will, determinism, the problem of evil …) and topics related to Philosophy of Language.
At Intermediate level, you will delve into two main components of Philosophy, namely Logic and Ethics. Students will be exposed to some formal and informal logic, while with respect to Ethics, students will be studying Theoretical Ethics, ethical issues related to the internet and ethical issues linked to life and death.
How will I benefit from studying Philosophy?
According to the philosophy syllabus itself, you will amongst other things:
“…gain knowledge and understanding of Philosophy through consideration of some important philosophical issues and approaches to problems;”
“…practise and enhance their abilities to construct, develop and maintain clear and coherent arguments;”
“…acquire skills in comprehension, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation that facilitate the development of independent thinking, based on a critical examination of the evidence and rational argumentation.”
Are there any special considerations?
- Given that all the philosophy texts used for study and all the tests and exams are done in English, it is highly advisable that you have a good command of the English language.
- Students taking Philosophy at Intermediate Level have three lectures a week (one in Logic and two in Ethics).
- Students studying Philosophy at Advanced Level have six lectures a week (one for each area of philosophy proposed in the syllabus), plus a tutorial.
- From time to time, the Philosophy Department also organises special lectures, where a guest speaker, usually an academic, addresses a particular topic.
What textbooks and/or resources do I need?
There are no specific textbooks that are compulsorily required.
However, you will be advised which selected texts you ought to read.
The school’s Philosophy Department has also compiled a booklet with the compulsory philosophical texts that are listed in the syllabus. This booklet will be available from school at the beginning of the course.