Predictions for A2 Philosophy (Old Spec)

Predicting questions on an exam paper is a risky business because it is about as roulette-wheel.jpgpredictable as a roulette wheel. So what I have written below is not a science and it will not be enough to just learn these areas. If you do you will be caught out. All I can do I emphasize the gaps that have appeared over the years.

RE: One of the most popular topics for exam questions. Everything in the specification has been covered over the years but…Voices. Therefore a previous question/ area may re-appear or a question specifically on voices such as ‘Voices are the most effective way of God revealing Himself directly to a believer’

Miracles: Pretty sure this will come up in some way:

  1. Critically assess the different definitions of miracles
  2. Evaluate the concept of miracles
  3. Critically assess the criticisms of miracles made by Hume
    (or some close variation of these such as a question combining 2 and 3)

Nature of God: Pretty much the whole specification has been asked on this topic. Plus last year’s question was a combination of the three key elements. So if it does come up (I’m not betting my money on it) I think it will be either: A specific Boethius question or a reward and punishment question. I hope it does though, as when answered properly this has A* potential written all over it!

Life after Death: also a very popular topic for questions. Pretty much everything has been asked over the years so be prepared for anything. Possibilities include: ‘Critically assess questions surrounding the nature of disembodied existence’ or a specific question on Plato, Dawkins or Aristotle. You could also get a combination of compare questions. All that has been asked before is Aristotle vs Dawkins and Plato vs Hick and Hick vs Dawkins so you could get e.g. Aristotle vs Plato / Hick vs Aristotle / Plato vs Dawkins.

RL: Verification or A.J Ayer! There has never been a specific question on this area. Everything else has been asked over the years. It might be too obvious so it may be worded as a ‘Religious Language cannot be verified therefore is meaningless’ or ‘Critically assess the views of the Vienna Circle’ but I think it will be on there somewhere.

Examiners try very hard to limit the predictability of their question papers. What this means is = I might be completely wrong (I do not often say that either!) So please do revise all areas and elements in order to guarantee your success but these are my inclinations based on analysis of previous questions alongside the specification.

So my money is on:

  1. Miracles (especially Hume)
  2. Religious Language (especially Verification)
  3. RE ( especially Voices)
  4. Either Disembodied (LaD) or Boethius (NofG).

Good Luck!


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