Philosophy & Religion
“There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.” Plato
Philosophy is the love of wisdom. It is wanting to understand everything, but not being prepared to take anything on trust. The Philosopher challenges everything; they are the adult who never quite grew out of the child’s game of asking ‘why?’ to everything they are told. Philosophy straddles the sciences, the arts and the humanities, taking the best of each, informing each, and moving further. This is why not just rulers, but everyone, should study Philosophy.
I view P&R as a vital subject because it deals with the big questions of life that everyone asks at some stage. For example, How did we get here? Is God real?
P&R is also important to teach because it deals with everyday issues on morality and ethics like lying. Students need to be taught about these philosophical topics to handle their lives better.Mr Roger Hart , Teacher of Philosophy and Religion
In Philosophy and Religion, we explore the complex and diverse religious and secular ideas, beliefs and morals which exist in Britain and the world today. We aim to guide students in producing their own well-reasoned answers in response to philosophical, ethical and religious ultimate questions.
We set high standards of the students, and expect students to meet them. The material covered in Philosophy and Religion is intellectually challenging, but also interesting, and stimulating.
To do this, we believe in a questioning approach. We ask complex questions, and analyse and evaluate answers. We do not, however, teach the answer.
In class, the students are given a safe environment in which to explore philosophical, ethical, religious and secular ideas, their own thoughts, and the arguments of others. Lessons are interactive, with students encouraged to take an active, rather than passive role. Lessons are also relevant. We delve into issues that impact on all of us, and which appear all around us in our everyday lives, in the media, and in the world we live in.