VCE PHILOSOPHY: A STUDENT TEXT FOR VCE UNITS 3&4 3E

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Fully updated to meet the demands of the new VCE Philosophy Study Design and Prescribed Text List (2019) VCE PHILOSOPHY UNITS 3&4 – FULLY UPDATED AND REVISED THIRD EDITION Building on the success of the first textbook ever written exclusive...

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  • ISBN: 9781921333569
  • Publisher: David Barlow
  • Product Type: Textbook
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: Third
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VCE PHILOSOPHY: A STUDENT TEXT FOR VCE UNITS 3&4 3E


Fully updated to meet the demands of the new VCE Philosophy Study Design and Prescribed Text List (2019)

VCE PHILOSOPHY UNITS 3&4 – FULLY UPDATED AND REVISED THIRD EDITION
Building on the success of the first textbook ever written exclusively to address the knowledge and skills of VCE Philosophy Units 3 & 4, this third edition of VCE Philosophy: A Student Text for Units 3&4 has been fully updated and revised to reflect the new VCE Philosophy Study Design and Prescribed Text List (2019). Providing detailed guidance on the set texts, contextual material, activities, review questions and suggestions for supplementary reading and assessment, this book will prove indispensable for teachers and students alike.

STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ‘DO’ PHILOSOPHY
Through a wide variety of activities, discussion questions and opportunities for reflection, students will exercise their critical thinking skills, both independently and in exchanges with others.

A COMPREHENSIVE GROUNDING IN THE KEY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Drawing on decades of teaching and assessing experience, and a thorough understanding of the requirements of the VCE Philosophy course, the authors ensure that each chapter provides students with multiple opportunities to develop and exercise the key knowledge and skills described in the VCE Philosophy Study Design (2019).

CLOSE EXAMINATION OF PRIMARY TEXTS
The capacity to work with primary philosophy texts is vital for successful engagement in VCE Philosophy. Through a variety of stimulating classroom tasks, discussion plans and writing activities, students are able to build on their skills through detailed studies of the set texts.

SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS
New and experienced teachers alike will appreciate the wealth of suggestions for lesson content, assessment tasks, further resources and advice on course design and unit planning.

UNITS 3&4 CONTENTS
Chapter 1 – Minds and Bodies
• About Minds and Bodies: Introductory Material and Activities
• René Descartes: First, Second and Sixth Meditations from Meditations on First Philosophy
• J.J.C. Smart: ‘Sensations and Brain Processes’
• Thomas Nagel: ‘What is it Like to be a Bat?’
• Debates, Comparisons and Review Activities
• Suggestions for Assessment
Chapter 2 – Personal Identity
• About Personal Identity: Introductory Material and Activities
• John Locke: ‘On Identity and Diversity’ from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
• David Hume: from A Treatise of Human Nature
• Meredith Michaels: ‘On Personal Identity’
• Debates, Comparisons and Review Activities
• Suggestions for Assessment
Chapter 3 – Conceptions of the Good Life
• Conceptions of the Good Life: Introductory Material and Activities
• Plato: from Gorgias
• Aristotle: from Nicomachean Ethics
• Nietzsche: from Beyond Good and Evil
• Susan Wolf: ‘Meaning in Life’ from Meaning in Life and Why it Matters
• Comparisons and Review Activities
• Suggestions for Assessment
Chapter 4 – Living the Good Life in the 21st Century
• Technology and the Good Life in the 21st Century: Introductory Material and Activities
• Technology and Human Nature
• Technology and Morality
• Technology and Happiness
• Technology and Social Responsibility

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