One of the best bits about the IB Philosophy course is that it keeps philosophy ‘real’. I don’t mean that to sound quite as ‘street’ as it does but the arrangements ensure that the academic side will never become too separated from the real world.
Unfortunately SQA (Scottish) Philosophy does not have this link, although there are plenty of good teachers out there trying to forge it, and doing this despite massive time pressures. As someone who believes that philosophy too separtate from ‘real’ life is just plain boring I try to ensure that my students get this link better than their examinations authority.
Every year I ask my exam and core classes to find their own examples of musicians, filmmakers and artists ‘doing philosophy’. The sources they bring are invariably brillliant. Here are a few:
happy thought for a friday… just heard this for the first time the other day – think it’s been lurking on my ipod for ages…. you could use this for an IA considering materialism, mind/brain identity theories, parfit – almost anything… por afterlife stuff??
I wanted to walk through the empty streets
And feel something constant under my feet,
But all the news reports recommended that I stay indoors, Because the air outside will make
Our cells divide at an alarming rate
Until our shells simply cannot hold
All our insides in, And that’s when we’ll explode
And we’ll become silhouettes when our bodies finally go
so I know I sometimes see one thing I like in another thing I like…. this may be nothing more than that but it does seem to capture some of the spirit of what we’ve been reading…
the dawn of a new age… can you imagine a time where truth ran free… we are all short of glory…
Into the night, Desperate and broken,The sound of a fight….We were the victims of ourselves…. We stole our new lives, Through blindness… The age of man is over, A darkness comes….These lessons that we’ve learned here, Have only just begun….