Here’s a mixture of extended answer or essay questions dealing with topics covered this year:

  1. There’s no such thing as true altruism. Discuss.
  2. Equality of the classes is unachievable until there’s equality of the sexes. Discuss.
  3. Must utility ‘be grounded on the permanent interests of man as a progressive being’?
  4. What are the properties of God?
  5. Could we be living in a simulation created by an advanced civilization? See video for an example.

Here’s a mixture of extended answer or essay questions dealing with topics covered this year:

  1. The criteria for art is consensus. Discuss.
  2. What are the limits of faith? Discuss
  3. Can you ever be ethically obliged to do the wrong thing? Discuss
  4. There is no right solution to the trolley car problem. Discuss.
  5. Is this cartoon a fair depiction of “what is good counsel”? Discuss.

Here’s a mixture of extended answer or essay questions dealing with topics covered this year:

  1. There is no true unified conception of god, therefore we should dismiss religion. Discuss.
  2. What are the limits of skepticism?
  3. Why do we care about the opinions of others when we have different identities, an ever-developing personality and different stages of life?
  4. Advertising is to science as charcoal-rubbing is to art. Discuss.
  5. Is this cartoon a fair depiction of “what is good”? Discuss.

Here’s a mixture of extended answer or essay questions dealing with topics covered this year:

  1. Freedom of speech is in opposition to freedom of religion — discuss.
  2. There is no such thing as a moral centre when it comes to making ethical judgements — discuss.
  3. Is there such a thing as a truly free choice?
  4. Conventions will always trump contracts. Discuss.
  5. Is this cartoon a fair depiction of the sciences?
https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/purity.png XKCD

It being Boxing Day, one of the traditions of the season is the Doctor Who broadcast, and this year there was a strong allusion to the philosophy of Bertrand Russell. It’s nothing particularly new; John Leeson was the actor who provided the voice for both the Nucleus and K-9. Leeson based K-9’s voice on that of philosopher, mathematician and historian, Bertrand Russell.

To recognise the very humanistic contributions of the series, here’s a documentary on “50 Years of Humanism” in Doctor Who, and a recent article reviewing (spoiler alert!) on the new Doctor.

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