Just like an oven enables us to cook food, or a pen enables us to write, Philosophy gives us the tools we need in order to live our lives in the best possible way we can. It gives us the skills to develop our own worldviews, to discover our own purposes and to make life choices that enhance both our own happiness and the happiness of others.
Philosophy also takes us away from feelings of boredom and dissatisfaction, leading us towards a full appreciation for all the awe, wonder, excitement, and fascination that this universe has to offer. This universe (if indeed it is the only one) is shrouded in mystery, and Philosophy gives us the ability and drive to recognise, explore and allow ourselves to be fascinated by its many mysteries.
At Judd we promote a discussion based approach to Philosophy, giving students many opportunities in lessons to understand and challenge each other’s views, as well as those of some of the greatest Philosophical minds from the last 3000 years, in the possibly never ending journey of discovering their own approaches to answering some of life’s biggest questions. We do not simply teach to the exam, rather we aim to cultivate a love of Philosophy in all of our students.
Information on how Philosophy is taught in Key Stage5 can be found below