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An Introduction to René Descartes' Meditations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is life really just a dream? A video summary of Meditations by Rene Descartes discusses the concept of fantasy vs reality. The video, which is part of a larger playlist, outlines key points of the text and addresses counterarguments...
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Philosophy - René Descartes

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Whether you say it in Latin (cogito ergo sum), French (je pense donc je suis), or in English (I think therefore I am), you are expressing the rationalism of French philosopher René Descartes. Learn more about Descartes's worldview and...
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The Scientific Methods: Crash Course History of Science #14

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do we know what we know? Examine the asker of this, and many other questions, during the 14th installment in a 15-part History of Science video series. The narrator explains the important contributions made by Galileo, Bacon, and...
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Humor, Philosophy, and Religion

For Teachers Higher Ed
Philosophy and religion are the topics of this presentation, though humor is what ties them together. Providing many examples of humor in different religions (Evangelism, Buddhism, Mormonism) and from different philosophers (Plato,...
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How Do You Know You Exist?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Consider one of the most fundamental questions of philosophy posed by Rene Descartes in his Meditations on First Philosophy: How do we really know we exist? This animated video is accompanied by multiple-choice assessment questions,...
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The Dutch

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Before seeing this presentation, your class might not have a grasp of the contributions to art, science, and politics made by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. Comprehensive and engaging, the many images and discussion points in...
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Discourse on Method

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive literature quiz worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Discourse on Method by Rene Descartes. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Discourse on Method

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Rene Descartes's Discourse on Method. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Principles of Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy quiz instructional activity, learners respond to 23 multiple choice questions about Descartes's Principles of Philosophy. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Meditations on First Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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Is There a Center of the Universe?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The history of our understanding of the center of the universe is explored through this film. The ideas of Aristotle, Copernicus, Bruno, Descartes, and Herschel are included, as well as the new discoveries that have helped the theories...
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The History of the Barometer (and How It Works)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What started out as a simple experiment about vacuums, turned into one of the most useful tools for predicting weather. Learn about the circumstances surrounding the invention of the barometer and the scientific principals that it...
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The Scientific Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 8th
There were a few ideas and great thinkers that spawned the Scientific Revolution. Discover the contributions of modern scientific thinkers such as Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, and Newton. Slides describe how each...
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Principles of Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Principles of Philosophy by Rene Descartes.
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Meditations on First Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 30 multiple choice questions about Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Descartes, Discourse on Method, Parts IV-VI

For Students 11th - 12th
For this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students read Discourse on Method Parts IV-VI by Descartes and then respond to 10 multiple choice and short answer questions. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Isaac Newton

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 49 multiple choice questions about Isaac Newton. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Problems of Philosophy

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 30 multiple choice questions about Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Intellectual History

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 22 matching questions regarding the Enlightenment. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Scientific Revolution in England and Europe

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students read and discuss Scientific Revolution information sheet and the diagram concerning the causes of the Scientific Revolution. They construct a timeline including Aristotle, Democritus, Copernicus, Bacon and Descartes along with a...
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Facebook Activity

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine if Sigmund Freud or Charles Darwin had a Facebook page. As part of a study of major historical figures in the field of psychology, class members are assigned a psychologist and design a mock Facebook page that includes such items...
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

For Students 10th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 20 multiple choice questions about An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous by George Berkeley. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive...
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St. Thomas Aquinas: Treatise on Law

For Students 11th - 12th
For this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students read Treatise on Law by St. Thomas Aquinas and respond to 6 short answer questions. Students may submit their answers to be scored.

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