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This PPT has 12 topics that I use to teach during the Enlightenment Unit in my 7th grade class. The topics are all very deep, and I find most of my 7th graders on the edge of their seats, but a few of them are quite lost. It would certainly work for older grades, but any younger than 7th grade might be a little too young to grasp. I spend anywhere from 10-30 minutes as an opener each day discussing the 'Philosophy Lesson of the Day" with my students. The topics include (in no particular order):

* Pascal's Wager

* 'If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

* Plato's theory of forms

* Kant's views on God and morals

* The law of non-contradiction

* Examining the claim: "The only truth is that there is no truth"

* What causes war?

* Philosophical implications of the 2nd law of thermodynamics (entropy)

* Survey or religions and philosophies

* Rationalism vs. Empiricism

* Is man good or evil?

* Consequences of ideas (Kant to Nietzsche to Hitler)

Philosophy Lesson of the Day

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    12 slides

  • Subject(s):

    History, World History, Government, Philosophy

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