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Philosophy at Sutton Grammar School

Course description

Philosophy is simultaneously similar to, yet radically different from science. It is similar to science insofar as its enterprise is to further human understanding, but it is fundamentally different from science in the way that it seeks to do so. Understanding achieved through science rests on the construction of theories, testable hypotheses, prediction and explanation. Philosophy, by contrast, seeks to attain understanding through conceptual clarification in relation to the construction of arguments; in other words, it strives to clarify what makes sense, the conditions under which such sense is possible, and what that sense is able to reveal. One cannot, for example, create a theory that something makes sense; in order to create a theory–for the concept of a theory to even be coherent–sense needs to be there already.

Course content

The A-level comprises four units: two at AS followed by two at A2. At AS students will cover Epistemology (unit 1) and Philosophy of Religion (unit 2); at A2, Moral Philosophy (unit 3) and Philosophy of Mind (unit 4).

Entry requirements

Both AS and A2 philosophy are 100% by examination. AS comprises one 3 hour exam (units 1 and 2); A2 comprises one 3 hour exam (units 3 and 4).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sutton Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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