Often, we find ourselves in moral dilemmas: should we tell the truth and cause hurt or keep it quiet and cause more hurt? Should we do what makes us happy or should we consider the happiness or pleasure of others before our own? Throw that into the chasm of ultimate questions- like why are we here, is there a God or how do we know what we know- and you have the hyper-reality that is this subject.
Philosophy and Ethics seeks not to tell us what to think but HOW to think- looking at our own misconceptions and generalisations, infusing them with ancient and contemporary thinking, and coming to more reliable conclusions. This academically rigorous essay-based subject will test your knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation skills-whilst putting the world to rights in the process!
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Judaeo-Christian Philosophy
- Arguments for the existence of God – teleological, cosmological, ontological, moral
- Arguments against the existence of God – problem of evil, science
- Ethical theories – Kantian Ethics, Natural Moral Law, Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics applied to:
- Genetic engineering and embryo research
- Religious Language
- Religious Experiences
- Revelation & Scripture
- Attributes of God – eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent
- Life after Death
- Freewill and determinism
- All AS ethical theories + Meta-ethics, Virtue ethics applied to:
OCR Year 1 Ethics (Religious Studies) is comprised of two units:
G571: Philosophy of Religion- one 90 minute examination.
G572: Religious Ethics- one 90 minute examination.
You have a choice of 4 exam questions and you have to choose 2 (worth 35marks each – Paper Total 70). In Year 1 exams, the AO1 and AO2 skills are split into ‘a’ and ‘b’ questions, worth 25 and 10 marks respectively.
OCR Year 2 Ethics (Religious Studies) is comprised of two units:
G581: Philosophy of Religion- one 90 minute examination.
G582: Religious Ethics- one 90 minute examination.
You have a choice of 4 exam questions and you have to choose 2 (worth 35marks each – Paper Total 70). In Year 2 exams, the AO1 and AO2 skills are not split and you must use the detail of AO1 to form an AO2 argument, within the full essay.
Mr D. Fitzpatrick
As I walked out of my first ever philosophy lesson in year 12 I was hooked. Those 2 years in sixth form debating the big questions of life and studying the greatest minds the world has ever seen set the trajectory of my life. Ever since that day the study of philosophy and the philosophy of religion has fascinated me. This passion led me to graduate from Durham University with a Masters in Theology.
Since then I have worked in my home city of Newcastle, Manchester, Spain, Kenya and now the best place of all Accrington.
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