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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

KS5 Philosophy (Y12-Y13)

Vision

Know and understand a diverse range of philosophical and ethical theories on a range of issues and ideas.

Develop analytic and evaluative skills in assessing philosophical theories

Develop independent and critical responses to philosopher’s theories,

Use philosophical theories to develop their writing so that it is clear and precise.

Articulate their views and engage in meaningful discussion and debates

Engage with complex texts, analysing and evaluating the arguments of others and constructing and defending their own arguments.

 

  Year 12 Year 13
Term 1

Utilitarianism of Bentham and Mil and the issues of their ethical theory. Applying this to ethical issues such as lies, stealing, simulated killing, and eating animals, what would each utilitarian theory suggest about these moral issues?

Kantian Ethic, duty based ethics, hypothetical and categorical imperative, and the issues with Kantian ethics.  Applying this to ethical issues such as lies, stealing, simulated killing, and eating animals, what would each utilitarian theory suggest about these moral issues?

What is knowledge? Types of knowledge, Plato’s tripartite definition of knowledge and Gettier’s criticism of this and the responses to his criticisms.

Perception as a source of knowledge, Wat is direct realism? What is indirect realism? What is idealism? Does the external world exist? Arguments for and against these theories are studied

The concept and nature of 'God'

Ontological and Cosmological arguments relating to the existence of God

Philosophy of Mind

Term 2

Aristotelian virtue ethics: his account of the ‘good’ and his account of virtues and vices and moral responsibility, issues with his ethical theory.  Applying this to ethical issues such as lies, stealing, simulated killing, and eating animals, what would each utilitarian theory suggest about these moral issues?

Meta ethics: The origins of moral principles, moral realism, issues with moral realism, moral anti-realism and issues with moral anti-realism.

Reason as a source of knowledge, Plato and Leibniz’s theory of innate knowledge and criticism of this. Empiricist’s responses to innatism, Locke and Hume. Descartes intuition and deduction thesis, rationalism as a source of knowledge. .

Limits of knowledge: Scepticism, can we know anything at all? Philosophical scepticism and normal incredulity, local and global scepticism, Descartes three waves of doubt. Responses to these sceptical theories.

Teleological arguments relating to the existence of God

Religious Language

Assessment Mock Exams Mock Exams
Term 3

Aristotle and Meta Ethics

Reason as a source of knowledge

Limits of knowledge

The Problem of Evil

Revision