Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism

Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
Philosophy in the Classroom: Empiricism versus Rationalism
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How the mind works is an essential philosophical problem that forms the basis for a theory of knowledge. In this ready-to-go 45-minute jargon-free lesson, introduce your students to two famous theories - one touting that the mind is like a blank sheet of paper and the other that ideas are built-in to the mind like a muffin tin is pre-set with the shape of muffins (before you even bake 'em in the oven)! Which worldview makes the most sense? Introduce your students to this very important epistemological debate!

*This resource comes with an editable link to make your own digital worksheets for your students! You can make a copy and edit and adapt for use in your classroom.*

Essential Question: What is the underlying foundation for all knowledge?

Topic: Epistemology, Theory of Knowledge

Duration: One 45-minute class period

This lesson resource includes the following features:

  • 1 Classroom-tested Teacher's Guide for the Lesson
  • 1 Entrance Ticket handout
  • 2 Visuals
  • 1 Note-taking template
  • 1 Filled-in teacher's copy of the note-taking template
  • 10 useful links for further research on empiricism and rationalism
  • 1 editable link to a copy for classroom use on Google Slides

Suggested Classroom Use:

  • TOK (International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course)
  • Introduction to Philosophy course

For other resources in my Philosophy in the Classroom series check out my popular resource on Plato's Allegory of the Cave.

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Does not apply
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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