Of Freedom of Speech and Toleration

In the light of the recent tragic events in Paris and the alarming growth of intolerance and violence in the Middle East, open class debates can only prove a stimulating and rewarding exercise for all IB Philosophy students. After all, to see Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, first published in 1764, appear in the list of top ten French best sellers, gives us some reassuring sign that maybe, just maybe, a strong glimmer of hope still persists among our contemporaries. Short of ...

Philosophy and Solitude (2)

The Enlightenment was an international movement which was made possible thanks to the numerous links and bonds established throughout Europe by a new generation of thinkers united against state despotism and church intolerance. Among them, Rousseau appeared like a dissident as he willingly chose to retreat from public life after his quarrel with his philosopher friends. This semi-voluntary solitude inspired his most intense works as he undertook to analyse and depict his inner nature away from the critical eyes of ...

Why Global Ethics Matters

Among the eight possible choices of the Philosophy optional themes, it seems that the one focusing on  People, Nations and Cultures best encapsulates the very spirit of the IB Diploma.  Since every Higher Level  Philosophy candidate has to choose two themes from the eight on the syllabus, why not combine Theories and Problems of Ethics with topical issues such as the impact of globalization on traditional cultures or the future role of international institutions in an ever-changing  world. Global ethics ...