Welcome to Philosophical Investigations
Teachers and students reading this - all the best for the exam! I hope you've enjoyed the journey with PI this year - do recommend the site to your friends and come to a conference, and also buy the books - if you support me I can keep on generating even better materials in the quest to make Philosophy and Ethics the best subjects ever!! We are part of the first Creative Learnign Community and next year we will be launching additonal ones for Psychology and English. If you would like a Roadshow next year - do get in touch soon as I'm only doing ten, maximum, but will be with Julie Arliss at the Academy conferences - see you there!
My blog this week is a discussion of likely questions coming up in this year's OCR exam - thanks to Laura Middleton for sending her list to me.
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Here are all the lesson plans now loaded in the site - with more coming shortly all with the same interactive, multiple intelligences, "let's read culture" philosophy! I have also loaded Youtube starter activities and suggested pop songs to go with ethics lessons - why not make this subject the coolest in the country?
I am very grateful to Laura Middleton of St Leonard's for sending me a list of predicted questions for this coming exam. I am broadly in agreement - if you're a teacher reading this, please do comment and send in any suggestions. For example, for AS Ethics I think Kant is long overdue a named question and Genetic Engineering (see my blog two weeks ago): for AS Philosophy of religion the Ontological Argument is due this time round for sure. At A2 I think Laura s right to connect Virtue to Environmental Ethics, and a question on theological determinism is certainly due (see Free Will). A mention of contraception or homosexuality this year are favourites under sexual ethics. At A2 Philosophy, many people are tipping verifaction/falsification or symbol under Religious Language (see Laura's question below) and if I was betting, I would put serious money on a question on Miracles - so look at this at eevry angle including the Biblical approach to miracles. So my hottest tips are in red.
A2 Ethics 2013 G582
Freewill and determinism
‘God knows the ethical decisions we will make.’ Discuss.
Discuss critically the idea that we intuitively know what is good.
‘Utilitarianism is the most reliable approach when making judgements about sex and relationships.’ Discuss.
Modern approaches to virtue ethics bear no resemblance to Aristotle’s virtue ethics.
Evaluate the claim that conscience is the voice of reason.
Environmental and Business ethics
Virtue ethics is the best approach to the issues surrounding the environment. Discuss.
A2 Philosophy 2013 G581
The verification principle offers no real challenge to religious belief.
‘The biblical concept of miracles leads to belief in a God who cares more for some than for others.
a) Explain how Descartes developed Anselm’s argument that God’s existence is necessary.
(a) Explain the biblical concept of God as Creator.
a) Explain how Augustine understands the role of human freewill.
1 (a)Explain the cosmological argument as put forward by Aquinas and Copleston.
b) “Hume successfully criticises the teleological argument.” Discuss.
Natural Moral Law
1 (a) Explain the ideas of purpose and perfection in natural law.
2 (a) Explain how far religious ethics is dependent on God.
3 a) Explain how Kant’s idea of the summum bonum fits into his theory of ethics.
Absolute and relative
5 (a) Explain the strengths of a relativist approach to moral decision making.
Explain the concept of ‘sanctity of life’ and how it applies to euthanasia.
Explain the ethical issues raised by genetic engineering.
Explain how the right to life may influence approaches to abortion.
Explain how the right to life may conflict with the rights of those involved.Add a comment