Sample Lesson Plan: Religious Studies H172 Philosophy of Religion G571
Kant’s Criticism of The Ontological Argument
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Learning objectives for the lesson
Recap of previous experience and prior knowledge
Quiz on the Ontological Argument so far. How is the argument different from other arguments? Why does Anselm think that God has to exist? How does Gaunilo attempt to disprove this? What conclusions does Descartes come to about triangles? How does he apply this to God? Why do Descartes and Anselm think that these arguments will only work for God? (Could be differentiated so that questions get harder in the style of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’.
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