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Philosophical perspectives

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Learning objective 6-3: Philosophical perspectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • identify and describe ideas in philosophical perspectives.


  • Identifies ideas from different philosophical perspectives.
  • Describes ideas from various philosophical perspectives.
  • Gives examples of ideas from various philosophical perspectives.

Possible context elaborations

  • Identify an important philosophical question; for example, ‘What is the meaning of life?’
  • Discuss the question from different philosophical perspectives:
    • Is happiness the main aim (Aristotle)?
    • Is a life of faith the main aim (religion)?
    • Is the main aim to do what brings about the greatest good for the greatest number (Utilitarianism)?
    • Is there no ultimate meaning (nihilism)?
  • Identify different philosophical perspectives on the important questions under discussion.
  • Research different perspectives using the Internet (for example, Wikipedia, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy), library books, journals, and magazines such as Philosophy Now. Present findings in a variety of ways, written and oral.

Assessment for qualifications

See NCEA assessment: level 1 for suggestions of achievement standards and unit standards that could be used to assess this learning.

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Last updated October 24, 2011