Subject Study Tip Series

Philosophy & Reason combines the discipline of philosophy with the associated skill of critical reasoning. The study of philosophy allows you to recognise the relevance of various philosophies to different political, ethical and religious positions. Critical thinking provides understanding so that you can engage with these philosophical ideas and issues and relate them to real world issues.

In other words, Philosophy & Reason is more than just Socrates, Aristotle, Confucius, and old scriptures trying to explain the meaning of life. It is relatable to everyone, every day, in the reasoning behind why we think the way that we do, and why things are the way that they are.

Subject Study Tips for Philosophy & Reason (10 of 11 in the Series)

1. Writing Philosophically

Writing philosophically is like writing historically, or writing horticulturally… it’s different. Just like any new language or different subject, there is a glossary of new terms that you will be using. This means that learning when and how to use this language will broaden your ability to learn and communicate philosophically.

2. Critical Evaluation

Ever heard someone say “stop being so critical”? Well now is the time to start! Being critical simply means to express or analyse the merits or faults of something. In Philosophy & Reason, thinking critically is a necessity when evaluating arguments or participating in philosophical discussions. But remember not to become too overwhelmed by looking only at the positives or the negatives when you are thinking critically.

3. Discuss the News

Discuss everything with everyone! Participating in philosophical discussions in class is only the start. You can practice your philosophical mindset by discussing the news with your parents, or discussing movies with your friends. Even discuss things with yourself, (but maybe not out-loud or people will think that you’re crazy). The more you discuss, the better your will become at thinking analytically.

4. Memorisation

There are always key points on the exam that your teacher will try to reiterate as much as possible. Note points that the teacher brings up multiple times, as these are probably quite important. However, if you have trouble remembering things, try using flash cards. These are an excellent tool for reviewing your learning and boosting your memory.

In Summary

  • Learn to Write Philosophically
  • Be Critical!
  • Discuss Everything with Everyone
  • Memorisation is Important

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