Philosophy and Ethics at Totnes Progressive School

Philosophy is an important subject in developing students’ knowledge and understanding within the complicated world in which we live.

Our vision is to allow students to develop key skills for learning for and beyond education.  Students will gain an understanding philosophy and ethics will help them make sense of their lives and the world around them.  Philosophy at TPS develops students’ critical thinking skills and reasoning; it encourages them to participate through in-depth debates and philosophical application.

Studying Philosophy helps us to understand other people’s beliefs, what their beliefs and values are and why they do the things they do. It helps us to think about our own beliefs as well as looking at alternative belief systems we might want to find out about in the future. Philosophy helps us to think about big questions which people sometimes ask about life considering responses of some of the greatest thinkers such as Plato, Marx and Kant.

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