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Important note for anyone looking at Virtue Ethics/Natural Law/Anthology Extracts on Aristotle and Kant.

I have made some minor revisions to references to the Aristotelian notion of eudaimonia where it is mentioned in the relevant blog entries, revision tests and other material that is available here, having been prompted to do so by the fact that my previous attempts to explain the concept related it rather too closely to …

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Extension Material for Paper 1 Anthology Extract 1: J.L. Mackie ‘Evil and Omnipotence’ – a brief note on Boethius.

At the very end of his article, Mackie asserts that, ‘The paradox of omnipotence can be avoided by putting God outside time, but the free will solution of the problem of evil cannot be saved in this way,‘ Is he correct? One Christian philosopher who might have disagree is Boethius (c.480 – 524 AD). Boethius …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 1 Extract 1: J.L. Mackie ‘Evil and Omnipotence’ (1977)

Taken from: The Philosophy of Religion, edited by B Mitchell (Oxford, OUP, 1977),Chapter V, Evil and Omnipotence, pp. 92–104. NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are the FIRST and LAST couple of sentences of the section that is commented on followed by the commentary itself …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on Medical Ethics – End of Life Issues

THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THE ABOVE TOPIC THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE, HERE and HERE. THIS TEST (AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE) MAY ALSO BE OF USE TO STUDENTS FOLLOWING OTHER ADVANCED LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES. BEAR IN MIND THAT THESE TESTS ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFICULT. FOR THIS REASON …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on The New Atheism (of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others)/Alister McGrath’s response to Dawkins, and Secularization.

NOTE : THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THIS TOPIC THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE, HERE, HERE AND HERE. UNUSUALLY, THIS PARTICULAR TEST WILL ALSO INTRODUCE QUITE A LOT OF NEW INFORMATION THAT IT MAY BE USEFUL TO REFER TO IN AN EXAMINATION ANSWER, ESPECIALLY WITH RESPECT TO THE 30 MARK ‘EVALUATE’ QUESTIONS …

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Exemplar answer for Edexcel Paper 1 (Philosophy of Religion)

From the Paper 1 syllabus: 5.1 Context to critiques of religious belief and points for discussion   a) Respective strengths and weaknesses of religious beliefs. b) Alternative explanations, issues of probability and postmodern interpretations of religion. NOTE 1: the following answer does NOT include discussions of probability or postmodern interpretations of religion. NOTE 2 : …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 1: Ethics in a Permissive Society, by William Barclay (Collins 1971) Chapter 4, Situation Ethics, pp.69–91.

NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are brief quotations from the extract followed by comments on them. The full extract can be found HERE. See also HERE and HERE for course notes on Situation Ethics. This is another example of a curious and questionable choice of …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 4 – Medical Ethics

Taken from: Issues of Life and Death by Michael Wilcockson (Hodder, 1999), Chapter 4, Euthanasia and Doctors’ Ethics, pp.56–69. NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are the FIRST and LAST couple of sentences of the section that is commented on followed by the commentary itself …

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Course notes for Edexcel students on Moral Luck/Thomas Nagel

From the Edexcel syllabus for Paper 2: A comparison of the work of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle with regard to Deontology and Virtue Ethics respectively. Kantian deontology – social, political and cultural influences on Kant’s ethical theory, duty-based ethics, the categorical imperative in its different formulations, prima facie duties, and contemporary applications of rule and …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 3: Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, (350 BCE)

NOTE: This commentary (combined with the one on Kant) also covers the following aspect of the Edexcel syllabus: A comparison of the work of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle with regard to Deontology and Virtue Ethics respectively. NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are the FIRST …

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