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  1. Hello everyone. I've been trying to come up with a good research question for a philosophy EE and for the moment I just know that I would like to discuss the importance that utilitarianism (if it needs to be more specific I'd like to specifically discuss Mill's utilitarian perspectives) has had in the development of feminism. But I've been having great issues trying to properly structure my research question. Could someone please help me out? I'd appreciate it SO SO MUCH
  2. Hi, I have started the first year of the IB Diploma Programme. I am taking Language A at SL, Language B at HL, philosophy at SL (I have no other choice, but so far all my grades were around 7), Turkey in the Twentieth Century (this is an SL only course only for Turkish students), Physics HL and Maths HL. I think physics HL and maths HL are quite a lot when taken together (It's not like I am bad at them, my score is generally better than most of my classmates, but I do not know how I would fare in an actual, IB style exam, since ,n my school we try to learn both the IB curriculum and the national curriculum.), but they seem to be unnecessary for someone who wants to go into philosophy in the future. I wanted to drop physics HL and take Turkish A HL instead, but I learnt that ability in physics and maths is a strong predictor of philosophical analysis skills. With that in mind, do you think I should switch? I will contact admissions offices of Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Amherst etc. as well.
  3. I am planning to take my Extended Essay online from Pamoja. I also take philosophy SL from Pamoja and am quite successful (my grade for the first term is 7). I mainly want to ask people who have taken an Extended Essay with Pamoja before about how it works. How was your supervisor? How was the programme as a whole? What are the challenges you faced and what benefits are there to taking the Pamoja extended essay course?
  4. Hi, I am a pre-IB student planning to go on to do a philosophy major. I do not know what subjects I am going to take, however, I have got the following outline in mind: English B HL (I think I could have done A2 as a second language, however, it is not offered in my school) Maths HL (Inspired by Bertrand Russell on this one) Turkish A1 HL/Physics HL/Economics HL (I am pretty much in turmoil) Philosophy SL (If I could take it HL, I would, however, it is not offered in my school and IB Online only has philosophy in SL Physics SL Turkish A1 SL (If I take one of last two in HL, I am going to replace the one I took with either chemistry or economics SL) Now, you may be all over the place as I am. That is why I shall be explaining this peculiar choice. In Turkey, no matter what we do, the national curriculum imposes upon us near-HL-level workload on chemistry, biology and physics. If I take any one of these lessons -except physics HL, which I think can be useful for understanding the philosophy of science and the point to which modern physics has come from a philosophical point of view- it is solely to reduce my workload. I do not think I will even so much as glance towards the national curriculum if our normal exams in school are not in that style -probably they are not, though I have to ask that. If our exams are just on what we learn in the IB, then I will probably choose the following courses: Hi, I am a pre-IB student planning to go on to do a philosophy major. I do not know what subjects I am going to take, however, I have got the following outline in mind: English B HL Maths HL Turkish A1 HL/Physics HL/Economics HL (Turmoil continues) Philosophy SL Physics SL/Economics SL Turkish A1 SL/Economics SL Let me add that if I take economics, I will be taking it online just like I did philosophy. Now, here are my main questions, but all advice is welcome: 1. Will physics SL or HL help me to achieve my objective (i.e. understanding how Newton invented the concept of mass and from that the philosophical foundation of Newtonian physics in general)? 2. What can be the contribution of economics to my study of philosophy? The only thing that I can think of is that some great philosophers after the 19th century (Karl Marx comes to one's mind but John Stuart Mill counts as well) were economists, and I believe that only a basic comprehension of economic principles can support my learning in university on these topics. 3. Can Maths HL have any contribution? You know, maths being an important source of knowledge from Plato in the antiquity to Spinoza and Descartes and modern attempts to rederive the whole of maths on the basis of logic are pretty strong reasons for me to take maths HL. Plus, I am very good at maths; the natural curriculum sucks and the only thing we do is to memorise long theorems in advanced Euclidean geometry, but even in that I could prove by myself many of the theorems we studied. 4. Can Turkish A1 HL have a contribution? Well, let me be pretty straight-forward in here: New Criticism and close inspection of the text to derive meaning is horrible, and I am certain I am not going to ever read a novel in that way. However, literary criticism seems to have strong ties with philosophy, especially with Derrida and his deconstructionism, and Lacan and his "philosophical psychoanalysis" and I try to create my own independent way of looking at literary texts, one that I feel is more meaningful. In view of all this and also considering that the skills that are necessary for writing a well-structured, coherent essay are crucial in all fields, doubtlessly so in philosophy -unless you are Nietzsche, but I digress- I think that Turkish A1 HL might be a good choice. Thank you all for your response and for sticking with me until the end of this very long post. Bonus question: Do you know a way in which I can take English A2 as a second language? I passed FCE with distinction, which means that my English proficiency level is C1, and I think I can very well go beyond the curriculum of English B. I spent the last year studying English B from the Cambridge textbook and it was like having a leisure ride- I had zero difficulties.
  5. Hi, I'm currently a G11 student and I'm planning to study sociology and/or philosophy in collage, just want to ask how much score should I get so that I have a high chance getting in UT? My Maths is Maths studies, does that affect my application?
  6. Hey, I need help from someone taking philosophy. What do you think about the topic "To what extent should animals have moral rights?" ? I've checked the syllabus and there is something about animals as persons or machines, and discussion about ethics and animals, so I thought I could write on this topic. What's your opinion? I've read couple of books on animal rights from the philosophical point of view, but could you give me some advice if there are any things I should know while writing EE in this subject? Any traps? Any specific way to write it? Oh and I cannot change the subject anymore, so please don't discourage me that I shouldn't be writing in the subject I don't take Thanks in advance!
  7. Hey everyone, it seems not many people must do philosophy on here as it is not deemed worthy of its own subject block, however I really need help with philosophy essay writing. I seem to always be getting 15-17/25 when I really want to be achieving 20-25/25. If anybody has any helpful hints or advice on how to improve I would be eternally grateful. Thanks in advance xxx
  8. I am currently a grade 11 IB student who is potentially going to pursue a career in medicine. I currently have Bio, Philosophy and Chem for HL. My school offers History HL and Philosophy SL and HL and I need to fill that one spot for an HL course and I don't know what to choose. I don't know how rigorous History and Philosophy HL but I need to choose one of the two, but I don't know which because I am more of a science-math person (though Math HL is.. yeah no) So please help! Thanks!
  9. Hey, I have a brilliant CAS project opportunity for many of you. I, and some friends from different IB schools decided to write a TOK Guide. There will be many collaborators and the more the better. It counts as CAS, and if you do sufficient work on it, it can even count for a CAS project! Write about something you are passionate about in the TOK way. Maybe a subject you really like, or something you like to do - or a perspective - that's what we desperately need. If you're interested, simply email me at [email protected] Many thanks Have a great day!
  10. I would like my EE topic to be about theoretically implementing a Universal Basic Income in the United States. I don't mean the hurdles that would exist from the perspectives of legislators, but the impact it would have on the market and the lives of individuals' from varying classes. (If you are unfamiliar with this topic, here are some cites you can check out which simplify the issue: http://www.basicincome.org/basic-income/ and https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-benefits-and-drawbacks-of-basic-income-guarantee) I am absolutely fascinated by this topic and have been researching it during my free time for a while now—even before trying to find an EE topic. Everyone's telling me to pick something which captivates me, though, so I can't get the idea of researching this extensively out of my head. If I did choose this, however, that would mean disregarding the advice I've heard everywhere of choosing a subject area first. I can't figure out which subject this would fit under best. I'm rather daunted with the prospect of committing to an economics EE as I have not taken the subject as a class before due to the lack of elective opportunity in our school. This year, I took Social and Cultural Anthropology as opposed to Chemistry or Physics. Any knowledge I have in the area stems entirely from personal interest. I have more experience in general political theory due to having a large role in the debate club. I'm unsure of how to distinguish a difference between these two subjects' criteria from the ibo manual and would appreciate any support in this task. The adviser I would receive has no impact on my decision as we are not allowed to personally choose them anyway here. Thank you for any advice you may give either directly or indirectly related to my question. Let me know if you are in need of any further clarification. Our teachers are pressuring us to have a topic by the end of the week.
  11. So exams are coming and since the Philosophy mark scheme is so ambiguous, I think it'd be helpful to share essay plans (especially since we've all been taught in very different ways and have potentially covered different philosophers). My chosen text is Plato's Republic and my optional themes are ethics and political philosophy:)
  12. Hello! My school is doing the Extended Essay for the first time and I just wanted to seek out some suggestions. Here is my RQ: What role does ethics play in genetic engineering? Do you think it’s ok for my extended essay? How can I improve it? Do you have any suggestions of where I could find more information on this topic? I appreciate any help I can get with this. Thank you!
  13. What happens, when doing the Philosophy IA, if I do it a about a whole movie instead of a concrete scene? It's due tomorrow and I can't start another one!!
  14. Hello, I am planning on becoming a psychologist when I go to university. These are the classes I like: ENG LANG LIT Ab initio Spanish Philosophy (HL) Biology (HL) Math Studies Theatre Arts (HL) Are these subjects suitable for the career I want?
  15. I've chosen an EE in Philosophy, and I need a little bit of guidance from people who've written a Philosophy EE or otherwise know about how they work. I've read over the IB subject guide and the 2012 report and I've skimmed over some of the excellent essays (I'll read them more in depth as I progress in my own essay). So far I have my mentor, research question, and an outline which I can link if anybody's interested. My RQ is this: "To what extent are moral and ethical values internally or externally determined, according to John Stuart Mill’s (Hedonistic) Utilitarianism, Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative, and Ayn Rand’s Objectivism? My outline looks roughly like this: Introduction RQ Background Thesis Argument Presentation of each of the above systems (including criticism) and their relevance to the RQ Analysis Strict analysis and interpretation of how exactly each system answers the RQ Analytical compare and contrast Conclusion Answers the RQ Issues, unresolved questions, new areas of exploration And of course I'll be using mostly primary sources and a few secondary sources I know it seems vague and insubstantial at some parts- that's one of the things I'm working on So my questions are these: Is my RQ focused enough? Should I narrow the topic itself, or limit myself to two or just one of the three systems (Utilitarianism, Categorical Imperative, Objectivism)?One of the issues that the 2012 report really belabors is that some essays were descriptive, not analytical. How can I make sure that my essay is analysis-focused and it just doesn't describe and compare the systems? Please feel free to answer these questions and also comment on your general thoughts on this, any fundamental or future problems, etc. Thanks for your help!
  16. Hello there! This is my first post, so please be patient if i commit any atrocities Anyway, I just started my first year of IB, and I am thinking of a good EE question. My school encourages us to write our extended essays about history or literature, though I prefer philosophy. I have a few questions in mind, but I just need your criticism: is any one of the questions too broad? Too complex? Too hard to answer by a person who's not taking philosophy as a course? Here are the questions/topics: -comparison between Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (probably free will, endless return, or morality) -comparing and contrasting pantheism as explained in Ethics by Baruch Espinoza with pantheism as explained in the Hindu Vedas (concept of Brahm)
  17. Hey! I was considering taking philosophy HL. Does anyone know anything about this course? Any help would be appreciated!
  18. Hi, I do philosophy HL and want to do my EE on the subject, namely on the topic of transhumanism as it is interesting to me. What I am wondering is: 1) Is this a do-able topic for a philosophy EE? 2) What is the best way to explore this philosophical theme, e.g. analysis of the idea overall, text analysis, consequences of a transhumanist ideology on political/ social policy etc.? 3) advice on doing a philosophy EE (what works, what doesn't, general advice) 4) any comments or suggestions on this idea overall thanks ​
  19. "To what extent are ethical judgements influenced by the subconscious state of mind?" Is this research question plausible? Also which category does it fall in- philosophy or psychology? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm new to the IB world.
  20. So I'm doing my extended essay in philosophy, and I was just wondering how much of it should be explaining concepts and terminology, and how much should be applying it? My topic can be pretty tough to understand. Thank you so much!
  21. Hey all! It's been over 24 hours since we've done paper 1 of Philosophy (yikes). How did everyone find it? Section A was great with regards to the photograph of the twins! What did you guys do for Section B? I had ethics and political philosophy. I found ethics to be a little bit tricky, whilst breezed through political philosophy. Good luck everyone
  22. I'm doing my extended essay in philosophy, doing an applied ethics question where I'm comparing two ethical systems and seeing which one we can use to address an ethical issue (I don't want to put my actual question on here obviously). I'm starting my essay now as our draft is in next month, but I have no clue how to structure it. If anyone has written/is writing a philosophy EE and has any help or tips, that would be so useful and much appreciated! Thank you in advance!
  23. Okay, so I'm doing my EE in philosophy about Ethics. My topic is: Should we be using the data obtained from the Nazi medical experiments? I'm going to be looking at this topic using the ethical philosophies of Kant, Utilitarianism & maybe Socrates. I haven't done philosophy before (I know choosing to do for EE was pretty stupid) and I'd appreciate some help/ideas on how to structure the essay or maybe some other philosophies to examine. I wsa thinking of using the philosophical question: Is it right to benefit from the suffering of others? and I was gonna look at how our society is based on the suffering of other (cheap labour, war, etc.)
  24. Got a question here! Is it valid to approach the thesis of my EE by comparing some philosophers ideas? I mean, I try to prove to what extent gave the Theory of Forms birth to nihilism(the passive one, the one that "denies the life"), by comparing the concept of nihilism in previous and later belief systems, finding similarities between those that can be considered as "nihilist" and the Theory of Forms. I took inspiration from the "Nietzschean Buddhism" Excellent Essay, since the author compares the two belief systems with Nietzsche's "Apollonian and Dionysian".
  25. Hello, I will be really glad if someone could send me his/her notes (spanish or english) about the relation between soul and body. I'd found a lot of information about it already, but I want different perspectives about this topic. Thank you very much. Kind regards, Brian H. Q.
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