Stage 2 Philosophy is a 20-credit subject that consists of two sections:
Philosophical Inquiry Skills and Key Areas of Philosophical Study.
The three key areas for study are ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Students undertake an in-depth study of one topic from each key area.

Philosophical Inquiry Skills
Philosophical inquiry skills are the cognitive skills of reasoning, critical analysis, problem-solving, and evaluation of arguments. Students study and apply the principles of reasoning, and identify forms of reasoning and the structure of argument. These skills are developed and applied throughout Key Areas of Philosophical Study:
  • ethics — a study of moral values, reasoning about what is right and wrongbranchesofphilosophyMFL.jpg
  • epistemology — a study of theories of knowledge and knowing
  • metaphysics — a study of the nature of existence and reality (what there is in the world).

ARGUMENT ANALYSIS - Tools of the Trade.

Assessing arguments is a fundamental skill that students need to develop and apply throughout Stage 2 Philosophy.
Students should become familiar with the general principles of reasoning:
  • types of reasoning
  • the general structure of arguments
  • the differences between good and bad arguments
  • what makes an argument valid and what makes an argument sound
  • inductive and deductive arguments.

METAPHYSICS - The Nature of Realitymetaphysics.jpg

Topics selected for this key area are:

  • freedom and determinism

  • reason and the existence of God (the topic we will explore).

  • existentialism and humanism

  • bodies, minds, and persons.

EPISTEMOLOGY - Nature of Knowledgeepistemology.jpg

Topics selected for this key area are:

  • ways of knowing

  • perception

  • scepticism

  • relativism.

ETHICS - Moral Obligation towards the Future or Environmentethics.10985.jpg

Topics selected for this key area are:

  • moral understanding

  • happiness as the goal of life

  • rights and responsibilities

  • equality and difference.