How will these resources help you?
What do we know and how do we know it?
The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought
by James Garvey and Jeremy Stangroom, published by Quercus Publishing, (2012), 9780857385642
Reason and revelation
Thomas Aquinas, part 3: scripture, reason and the being of God
by Tina Beattie, published by The Guardian, (2012)
This article can be used as extra-curricular reading or a stretch activity. Students can be guided by questions such as: Why does Aquinas believe reason can lead to truth? How does Aquinas interpret the Bible? What would Aquinas think when reason and revelation contradict, e.g., science tells us the world was the result of the Big Bang but Genesis 1 says God created the world in seven days? How might Aquinas’ arguments for God’s existence best be understood in light of his philosophical outlook?
Rationalism and the quest for certainty
Cartesian Skepticism – Neo, Meet René: Crash Course Philosophy #5
published by CrashCourse, YouTube, (2016)
Empiricism and the problems of causation
In Our Time: David Hume
by Melvyn Bragg, published by BBC Radio 4, (2011)
The episode could be used as a homework task for students to develop their understanding of Hume’s philosophy, the problems of causation and induction, Hume’s basis for his later criticisms of a posteriori arguments for God’s existence, and the influence Hume had on subsequent modern thought.
Text © Rebecca Neale, 2023