Raffles Reflects

What Our Subject is About

Raffles Reflects is focused on exploring important concept and ideas in ethics and social and political philosophy. We will explore fundamental issues such as: What is the good life? What do we owe to others? What does a meaningful life consist of? Does morality consist of rules, virtues or maximizing happiness? What do we owe to the state? What is a just society? What is equality? What limits, if any, should there be on our freedom?


What We Do To Develop Students' Interest/Abilities

Raffles Reflects will consist of 16 teacher led seminar sessions each focused on a major concept. Each seminar will explore each key concept in detail often by examining relevant thought experiments and scenarios. The sessions will often be focused on one or two core readings on each of the topics.

These include such issues as: Deontology, Consequentialism, Virtue Ethics, Existentialism, Political Obligation, Freedom/Liberty, Equality, Justice.

Through these sessions, students will learn to think philosophically. In particular, they will learn to identify premises and conclusions, understand complex arguments, and be able to read philosophy articles at a first year university level.

As a capstone project, students will be paired up in small groups to work on a presentation on a philosophical topic of their choice. They will then make a presentation to their peers at the Raffles Reflects Symposium and receive feedback from University lecturers during the Symposium.


Who We Are

The programme is helmed by Mr. Caleb Liu. You can reach him at [email protected]