Plato: Ancient Philosophical Influences

Preview of Lesson Plans

Work through the short Power point on Socrates, supporting students with note taking from the slides. Set the scene for Plato.

Discuss in pairs Socrates Death picture (worksheet)

Share/ class discussion

PowerPoint on Plato: Outline the meaning of Epistemology (slide 2)

Students write down their thoughts on:

  • What is knowledge?
  • What is the difference between knowledge and opinion/belief?
  • If you know something, does that mean that you are certain about it?
  • Is knowledge really possible? PP: Rationalism vs Empiricism (slide 3)

Discuss in small groups, adding and developing their answers. Share as a class.


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To see evidence of some of the work by my students (following the assessment activity found in the Lesson Pack)  please go to: ‘Critically assess the effectiveness of Plato’s arguments for understanding reality’: Student answers

Revision Support

philo packThis 52 page pack contains quizzes, glossaries, summary sheets, essay tips and possible exam questions to help structure your revision for all eight of the AS philosophy topics. It also provides space for notes and outlines the spec requirements. Everything you need to get your revision off to a flying start!

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One thought on “Plato: Ancient Philosophical Influences

  1. Jane

    Wow have found this so helpful but scary as I have never taught Plato or Aristotle before – first year with OCR and a bit dazed to be honest! Would appreciate your PowerPoint and worksheets though I fear the calibre of my student a little less academic . Thanks for any help

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