Sixth Form


Philosophy A Level presents a very new challenge. It is a subject which is designed to make you think. The course does involve some study of primary texts, some of which are challenging. Different aspects of the course may appeal to you. There is a wealth of resources in school, so speak to the department teachers if you would like to borrow anything. 

Recommended reading - not obligatory - to be explored according to your interest. Some pre-reading will be very beneficial to you when you begin your course. 

General Introduction

Sophie’s World (particularly chapter 1) by Jostein Gaarder

The Sage Train by Nicky Hansel

Human Traces by Sebastian Foulkes - ( a novel exploring the interface between early developments in Psychology and Philosophy - Mrs Lane recommends!)

Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy     by Simon Blackburn | 5 Aug 1999

The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well

by Julian Baggini | 25 May 2021

Humankind: A Hopeful History  by Rutger Bregman | 19 May 2020

Section 1 Epistemology  (Studied in Lower Sixth so a good place to start!)

Knowledge. A very short introduction by Jennifer Nagel. 

This Is Epistemology: An Introduction (This is Philosophy) Paperback – 6 May 2021

by J. Adam Carter (Author), Clayton Littlejohn ( Undergraduate good for anyone wanting to go further with Philosophy and to get a taste of what is in store.)

Section 2 Moral Philosophy (also studied in Lower Sixth.

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)  by Simon Blackburn | 8 May 2003

The Puzzle of Ethics by Peter Vardy and Paul Grosch - we have many copies!

Ethics Matters by Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy - we have many copies

All are available on Amazon but do come and speak to a member of the Department for any advice. We have a number of copies of some of these books which you are welcome to borrow. Some are available online