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Philosophy and Ethics (RE) at King Charles I School

Course description

Why Philosophy? Just some of the reasons are outlined below!

1. Independent thought: doing philosophy is an excellent training in thinking for yourself. In our experience, many people are quick to say that beliefs, especially on such philosophical matters as ethics or religion, depend on upbringing. But very few people say this about themselves. Does what you think about abortion or about life after death come straight from your parents and teachers? Or do you think you have good reasons to believe what you do? If you aren’t thinking for yourself already, doing philosophy will provide you with the perfect opportunity!

2. Subject matter: the questions that philosophy investigates are the most profound questions that we can ask. It investigates the deepest aspects of what it means to be human. Are we simply animals that have evolved, or do we have a spiritual dimension that will survive the death of our bodies? Does God exist, and if so, what does God expect of us? What can we know about the world we live in, and is certainty important? Is there one moral code for all people to live by, or is right and wrong ‘simply’ a matter of culture? Whether you study these questions in a religious context or not, they are questions that get to the heart of our existence.

3. Dispute: if there are any answers to these questions, they are not obvious! This means that philosophy requires you to suspend your belief and disbelief while thinking. It asks you to avoid being too quick to jump to conclusions, especially the conclusions you want to be true. Thinking hard without quickly falling back on what you already think can be quite scary at first; that’s why, perhaps, some people don’t have any time for philosophy - it can feel unsettling and personally challenging. But what is personally challenging also offers a chance to grow.

Entry requirements

It is an academic course so GCSE ‘C’ in English or Religious Studies is a must!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Charles I School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years