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  • IB Philosophy is a new course to the diploma programme
  • The course seeks to address a systematic critical inquiry into profound, fascinating and challening questions, such as the following:
    • What is it to be human?
    • Do we have free will?
    • What do we mean when we say something is right and wrong?
  • Develop an inquiring and intellectually curious way of thinking
  • Formulate arguments in a sound and purposeful way
  • Examine critically their own experiences and their ideological and cultural perspectives
  • Appreciate the diversity of approaches within philosophical thinking
  • Apply their philosophical knowledge and skills to the world around them

Core theme (“Being Human”)
Explores the fundamental question of what it is to be human

  1. Human nature
  2. Identity
  3. Personhood
  4. Freedom
  5. Mind and body
  6. The self and the other

Optional themes
Provides students with an opportunity to explore specific areas of philosophy in greater depth

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Epistemology
  3. Ethics
  4. Philosophy and contemporary society
  5. Philosophy of religion
  6. Philosophy of science
  7. Political philosophy

Prescribed Text
Students are required to study one text from the “IB list of prescribed philosophical texts”

Exploring philosophical activity (HL only)
HL students are required to explore the nature of philosophical activity


    • Do humans have common characteristics that are independent of the influence of culture?
    • Is there such a thing as the self?
    • What if any are the relationships between mind and body?
    • To what extent does culture shape identity?

    Paper 1
    Stimulus-based questions on core theme and essay questions on optional themes

    Paper 2
    Questions on prescribed philosophical texts

    Students are required to complete a philosophical analysis of a non-philosophical stimulus

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