Congratulations for choosing to study A level Philosophy at Hills! We look forward to welcoming you in September
To help you orientate yourself to what is likely to be a new subject, we have prepared these activities for you to work through before you arrive. These activities should give you a feel for both the form and the content of the subject: i.e. how we do it and what it’s about.
If any of these activities raise questions about the subject or the course, make a note of them and bring them into your first Philosophy lesson.
Task One – Critical Thinking - There are 6 short videos to watch, each one less than 5 minutes long. By the end, you should have an understanding of what a philosophical argument is, how it is structured, and how we begin to identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments. So when we start to look at the arguments put forward by real philosophers, you will have an idea of what to look out for.
Task Two – What is Philosophy? - Read these two pages which outline what Philosophy is about – what makes Philosophy topics philosophical and how the subject has developed over time.
Below is a selection of digital resources that will help you to get prepared and ready to study A level Philosophy.
No purchase necessary. There are two excellent textbooks which students will have free online access to. If you wish to purchase hard copies, please choose one of the following:
PHILOSOPHY FOR A-LEVEL YEAR 1 AND AS: EPISTEMOLOGY AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY | HAYWARD, J. JONES, G. AND CARDINAL, D. OR
Yes through library
PHILOSOPHY FOR AS AND A LEVEL: EPISTEMOLOGY AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY | LACEWING