Response to David Didau’s post ‘What causes behaviour’

Unfortunately, I think that David Didau's last post contained a number of grave confusions. DD conflates the ‘nature vs nurture’ argument with the ‘free will vs determinism’ argument. The ‘nature vs nurture’ argument assumes the principle of sufficient reason – i.e. that everything has a cause/explanation. The question is whether nature or nurture is more… Continue reading Response to David Didau’s post ‘What causes behaviour’

A rough outline of how I teach Philosophy and Ethics

I could write for years about how I teach Philosophy and Ethics – I absolutely love it. Here I’ve just tried to cover the main ideas, so I’ve provided some background, the foundation series of lessons, the normal lesson structure, the essay structure, and a general overview of the curriculum. 1. Background I am fortunate… Continue reading A rough outline of how I teach Philosophy and Ethics

A dialogue concerning the following proposition: ‘All of our actions are based upon beliefs’ (in the context of ideology and education)

(Person A) Why do we feel tempted to say that 'all of our actions are based upon beliefs?' (Person B) Because we cannot be certain about anything? If we cannot be certain about anything, then presumably we must simply believe certain propositions to be true. But it only makes sense to talk about certainty when… Continue reading A dialogue concerning the following proposition: ‘All of our actions are based upon beliefs’ (in the context of ideology and education)