Problem Free Philosophy!

Problem Free Philosophy!

Our Year 9 First Generation Scholars’ Scheme students visited the University of Sussex for their first academic day of the Making Choices programme.  The academic session was Philosophy and our students had an excellent introduction to this subject.  They learnt that Philosophy is the study of ‘everything’. Students considered deep and meaningful questions such as ‘is it right that there is no good and evil?’ ‘is it right to kill the student ambassador if it will save 100 lives in the future?’  We considered how a philosopher would answer these by trying to apply logical answers to moral questions. We enjoyed watching film clips from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Batman ‘The Joker’s Social Dilemma’ and discussing the social and moral dilemmas in our groups.  Our students had some excellent debates around the topics of Ethics and Logic.  We then learnt about Metaphysics – the study of reality – do we really exist? What is our purpose?  ‘Is there a parallel universe?’  Finally our lecturer talked to us how University studies are more independent and focussed than school and college and what are the potential job choices for a student with a Philosophy degree. These included graduate schemes with British Airways, MI5 and also teaching, writing and publishing.  Our students really enjoyed their Philosophy academic sessions and our lecturer was very impressed by their engagement and participation with the day.

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