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How can Philosophy help you to think ahead of the curve?

by Neville

One of the most important characteristics to foster in students is curiosity. Humanity has thrived on its curiosity about the world and its very existence, and indeed, humans continue to leap forward, and pioneer new ideas and inventions spurred on by that same curiosity.

 

It is no wonder, then, that the first subject ever defined by humans was ‘Philosophy’ – the study of wisdom.

Philosophy pervades our quotidian lives, as well as playing an important role in every high-level decision that has ever been made. The subject was once seen as archaic and mystical, but now, thanks to media such as The Moral Maze, Black Mirror, and The Matrix, Philosophy has come back into fashion in a big way.

 

Companies are realising that Philosophy students hold the keys to advancement – such pupils have the holistic range of thought, and analytical skills to out think and out argue even the most erudite salesperson. In a complex and problematic environment of artificial intelligence, diminishing resources, and growing populations, it has never been a better time to become a philosopher – you might just save the world!

In Philosophy, there are two broad-church schools of thought: Analytical Philosophy, and Continental Philosophy. The divide, when studying, is often not that important, and broadly it is a difference in styles of written text.

The central areas of Philosophy that are taught are:

  • Metaphysics – fundamental questions of reality.

  • Epistemology – study of knowledge and learning.

  • Logic – study of the rules concerning valid arguments and argumentation.

  • Ethics – moral philosophy and the study of human values.

  • Aesthetics – study of beauty and the philosophy of art.

 

These are covered in both schools of Philosophy.

The Analytical Philosophy branch is the area often taught in UK secondary schools and university. The content is centred around logically working towards truths and trying to uncover the certainty in the world around us. Therefore, metaphysics, epistemology and logic are more common (not exclusive) to Analytical Philosophy. Philosophers from this branch include: Bertrand Russell, Wittgenstein, and Frege.

The Continental Philosophy branch is the area that is sometimes taught in UK universities, but more broadly taught in Europe and abroad. The content is, like the previous branch, geared towards uncovering truths in the world, but does so in a more discursive and allegorical manner; it appears to be less didactical and more mimetic. Philosophers from this branch include: Sartre, Nietzsche, and Foucault.

So, what do the exam boards offer our budding Philosophers and future leaders today?

Currently, AQA is the only exam board to offer Philosophy as a pure subject, and such study is only available at A Level. The format is linear, meaning students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

The AQA syllabus (available on the AQA A Level Philosophy page) offers up the following topics:

  1. Epistemology

  2. Moral Philosophy

  3. Metaphysics of God

  4. Metaphysics of Mind

 

The assessment method is fairly straightforward. Students will sit two papers at the end of their course:

  • Paper 1: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy

    • Written exam: 3 hours

    • 100 marks

    • 50% of A-Level

  • Paper 2: The Metaphysics of God and the Metaphysics of Mind

    • Written exam: 3 hours

    • 100 marks

    • 50% of A-Level

 

This format allows students to really dive into Philosophy and study it in depth. There is sufficient variation in content to engage students as well as give them a necessary grounding in the fundamental areas of contention within Philosophy.

I know that rattling off the rubric is not the most thrilling thing, so let us convince you that Philosophy is the wonder-subject that can catapult you into any career!

If you want to be an actor…

Ricky Gervais, a globally recognised comedian, scriptwriter, actor, and director, started off his hotshot career with…you guessed it, a degree in Philosophy! You can see what he learnt from the degree in all his work – his newest Netflix special, ‘After Life’ is jampacked with philosophical questions and conundrums surrounding morality and belief.

…study Philosophy!

 

If you want to be a leader…

Ex-United States President Bill Clinton, one of the most popular and highest rated Presidents in the USA’s history, kicked off his road to power with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics! Despite one the most infamous scandals, Clinton ruled over the longest period of economic expansion during a time of peace – now, you would have to admit that his study of political philosophy must have helped him!

…study Philosophy!

Perplexed by Plato? Frustrated with Foucault? Angered by Aquinas? Let us find you a Philosophy tutor to inspire you and get you back on track! Contact us today.

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