Teleological: Arguments based on Observation

Preview of Lesson Plans:

Power point: The Big Question – discuss in pairs/ as a class

What is the next number: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 21, 34, 55 ….(answer 89)

Does any student know what this is called = the Fibonacci sequence. Watch on YouTube: Fibonacci sequence and the Fibonacci sequence: nature’s code

Discuss views – is this evidence of design?

Discuss Socrates Quote (PowerPoint)

Work through Paley’s teleological argument, discussing points, raising problems

Note: I show very few films/ documentaries during lessons (who has the time with this new spec?) However this is a documentary worth showing students. Fantastic links to evolution and Darwin and Dawkins does not disappoint!

The Genius of Charles Darwin [DVD]

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If you would like a Lesson Pack with activities and worksheets, that complements the power point, please click on the image below:


This 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!

philo pack

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Recommended extended reading/ quote source:

Recommended viewing (links to Amazon below):

Knowing [DVD] [2009]

This film, whilst not directly linking to the Teleological argument, does raise interesting points about patterns and design, also the ideas surrounding purpose.

One thought on “Teleological: Arguments based on Observation

  1. Fiona watson

    Hi Aimee,
    Thanks for your resources last time on Plato, they were great.
    Could you possibly email me the work booklet, you have shared with pupils on teleological argument?
    any help is much appreciated. By the way, your ppts are still fab.

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