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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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