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Philosophy (A-level)

Welcome to A-level Philosophy at St. Aloysius' College

Philosophy is the study of ideas. It addresses some of the most important and interesting questions humans ask and places great value on reason and the abiliy to think logically.

On the course students will explore a range of themes including:

  • The Idea of God/God and the World Why should I be Moral?
  • Reason and Experience

A good introduction to the subject is 'The Problems of Philosophy' by Bertrand Russell published by Oxford University Press.

You will also find the following general texts useful:

  • The Philosopher’s Toolkit by Julian Baggini and Peter S. Fosl published by Blackwell Publishing.
  • Issues in Philosophy by Calvin Pinchin published by Macmillan Education.
  • The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy by A.C. Ewing published by Routledge.

Further reading based around particular themes:

  • The Idea of God/God and The World Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume published by Hackett.
  • On The Nature and Existence of God by Richard M. Gale published by Cambridge University Press.
  • The Philosophy of Religion by Ninian Smart published by Oxford University Press.
  • An Introduction to The Philosophy of Religion by Brian Davies published by Oxford University Press.
  • Hume’s Philosophy of Religion by J.C. A. Gaskin published by Macmillan Press.
  • The Miracle of Theism by J.L Mackie published by Oxford University Press.

Why Should I be Moral?

  • Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant published by Harper Torchbooks.
  • A Short History of Ethics by Alasdair MacIntyre published by Routledge.
  • Ethics Inventing Right and Wrong by J.L. Mackie published by Pelican.
  • Causing Death and Saving Lives by Jonathan Glover published by Pelican.
  • Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy by Bernard Williams published by Fontana Press.
  • The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle published by Oxford paperbacks.
  • The Republic and Other Works by Plato translated by B. Jowett published by Doubleday.

Reason and Experience

  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke published by Everyman Classics.
  • Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume published by Oxford University Press.
  • Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant translated by Norman Kemp Smith published by Macmillan.

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Term Dates

Spring Term 2017
Friday 31st March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 14th April Good Friday
Monday 17th April Easter Monday
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Wednesday 19th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 26th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June Half Term Break
Monday 5th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 21st July Last Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
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Monday 4th September First Day of Autumn Term (Staff and Year 7 Pupils only) Year 7 to start school at 1pm
Tuesday 5th September First Day of Autumn Term (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Friday 20th October Last Day of Half Term
Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October Half Term Break
Monday 30th October First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 21st December Last Day of Autumn Term
Spring Term 2018
Wednesday 3rd January First Day of Spring Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 9th February Last Day of Half Term
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February Half Term Break
Monday 19th February First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 29th March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 30th March - Friday 13th April Spring Term Break
Summer Term 2018
Monday 16th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 25th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June Half Term Break
Monday 4th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 20th July Last Day of Summer Term

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