Epistemology Lesson: The Rationalists and Empiricists for High School Philosophy

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10th - 12th, Higher Education
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  1. This is a first quarter unit bundle for IB Philosophy and non-IB philosophy high school classes. The thematic focus of this unit is Epistemology and Being Human. The unit contains lectures, a presentation project, essay prompts, vocabulary, in-class activities, questions for readings, questions for
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This epistemology lesson contains a lecture covering the rationalists and empiricists. Detailed teacher's notes are included with each slide to provide additional information for each topic in the lecture. Please see the preview to get an idea of the slides and notes. This lesson was designed for an IB Philosophy class but works well with any high school philosophy course.

Philosophers covered in this lecture include:

  • Rene Descartes
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • Gottfried Leibniz
  • John Locke
  • George Berkeley
  • David Hume

The lecture slides come in both PowerPoint and Google Slides™ formats and are not editable. For this reason, there are additional blank PNG images to use as slide backgrounds if you wish to expand the lecture or add your own information while keeping with the style of the included presentation slides. The "William and Mary" questions are available as a printable PDF and as a Google assignment with typeable text boxes for students to complete digitally.

Included as part of this lesson is a set of questions to accompany Roald Dahl's "William and Mary." An audiobook version of this reading can be found here: William and Mary Audiobook with Text

This product has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. International Baccalaureate, Baccalauréat International, Bachillerato Internacional and IB are registered trademarks owned by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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15 slides
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2 hours
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