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Philosophical perspectives

Applied philosophy

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Learning objective 6-4: Applied philosophy

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • identify and describe how philosophical inquiry can be applied to a range of issues.


  • Identifies the basic questions in a range of issues.
  • Describes the range of issues.

Possible context elaborations

Students ask and discuss everyday practical questions such as:

  • Do you tell your friend they have a terrible hairstyle or bad breath?
  • Can you be sure that a person (for example, a witness to a crime) actually saw what they say they saw?
  • Why should I be a vegetarian or a meat eater?
  • How much should I reveal on a social networking website?
  • Should I reduce my carbon footprint?
  • Will being trustworthy make me more friends?

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