Students entering S6 begin an introductory philosophy course beginning with a study of what is knowledge and what are some of the problems associated with knowledge. We look at perception, language, reason, and emotion as some ways of knowing. Students examine the benefits and draw backs of these ways of knowing. For example, how might deductive and inductive reasoning help us solve problems ? Gain new knowledge ? Deceive us ?
In year S7 we build upon this core by looking at specific knowledge areas ranging from the natural sciences to ethics. A special study on free will and political philosophy will engage students in formal classroom debates and research papers. Students will become familiar with at least 3 philosophers from antiquity to the modern age as well as their primary texts. Students are assessed on class participation, group work, presentations, and written and oral exams that ask students to reflect on philosophical arguments and text excerpts.