Philosophy AS AQA
Length of course: 5 half-day sessions
Boards: AQA 7171 only
This course is board-specific for the AQA AS Philosophy specification (7171).
This course is suitable for AS students only
- What is knowledge?:The distinction between acquaintance knowledge, ability knowledge and propositional knowledge; the nature of definition (including Linda Zagzebski) and how propositional knowledge may be analysed/defined; the tripartite view, issues and responses.
- Perception as a source of knowledge: Direct realism, indirect realism and Berkeley's idealism.
- Reason as a source of knowledge: Innatism; The intuition and deduction thesis. Empiricist responses to these theories.
- The limits of knowledge: Particular nature of philosophical skepticism; the role/function of philosophical scepticism within epistemology; the distinction between local and global skepticism; Descartes’ sceptical arguments and issues/responses; reliabilism.
- Normative ethical theories: The meaning of good, bad, right, wrong within each of the three approaches: Utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics.
- Meta-ethics: The origins of moral principles: reason, emotion/attitudes, or society; the distinction between cognitivism and non-cognitivism about ethical language; moral realism, including naturalism and non-naturalism; moral anti-realism, including error theory, emotivism and prescriptivism.
- Applied ethics: Applying the content of normative ethical theories and metaethics to the following issues: stealing; simulated killing (within computer games, plays, films etc); eating animals, telling lies.