Integrated Studies 9 (Philosophy 9)

Course code: XLDCE09IS--

This course is limited to students in our Challenge program.

Philosophy can be defined as the ‘love of wisdom’ and also constructed as the search for or study of wisdom. This begs the question, “what is wisdom?” Since many philosophers agree that wisdom is knowledge of that which is of greatest importance to human beings, philosophy is the study of that which is of the greatest importance to us.

Philosophy investigates fundamental questions about the nature of things – questions about the universe as a whole, about human beings, society, science, ethics and art. Philosophy explores many deep issues of principle that do not easily fit into more specialized disciplines. It will challenge you with its reflective and critical approach to important but often puzzling questions such as the nature of right and wrong, time and space, perception and the human mind.

The Philosophy 9 class is designed to give students a broad exposure to the Western and Eastern philosophical traditions that span the past 2,500 years. The course begins in ancient Greece, moves to India, China, Japan and then to Europe and the Americas. Students are given the opportunity to study some of the most important texts in human civilization, such as Plato’s Apology, as well as the freedom to pursue self- selected interests through research.