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Introduction to Free Will and Determinism

A Level: AQA • CCEA • WJEC

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a Northern Irish student who wanted to know more about Ted Honderich and hard determinism. This got me thinking quite a lot about the problem of free will and determinism, which I hadn't given much thought to since leaving university a decade ago. Trawling through text books and online resources, I realised that a whole host of confusion is created by the fact that students often assume free will and determinism are oppo…

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Plato and the Theory of Forms

A Level: OCR

I was inspired to create a video lesson on Plato's theory of Forms thanks to a request from Catherine Connaughton, who teaches Religious Studies alongside her other responsibilities at an outstanding secondary school and sixth form. Like my previous post, this one tackles a OCR specific A Level topic but it's relevant to other specifications as well. More importantly, it's a fascinating theory in its own right that's deserving of study regardless of its importance to any qualificat…

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Sample Lesson: Plato and the Allegory of the Cave

A Level: OCR

Plato and the Allegory of the Cave Presentation and Resources

Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Script (Download)

Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Worksheet

Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Worksheet (Download)

Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Information Sheet (Download)

I decided to take on this fascinating topic thanks to a request from Claire Glover, who teaches the OCR A Level specification at a thriving sixth form college. Obviously, it's an incredibly popul…

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Anselmian Eternalism

A Level: OCR

I am indebted to Fiona Fishburn for inspiring me to produce this video lesson on Anselm of Canterbury's four-dimensionalist approach to time (or, as I've titled it in the interests of brevity, Anselmian eternalism). Fiona runs an outstanding Religious Studies department that follows OCR's A Level specification, and emailed me to enquire about whether I could produce a video lesson on this tricky topic. Long story short, Fiona's email motivated me to launch this blog, where I plan o…

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