Category: Year 11, NCEA Level 1

The Classics Pages

Although this site is intended for classics pupils, it provides an engaging introducton to the lives and thought of some key Greek and Roman thinkers, so it will be invaluable if you want to introduce a class to a particular philosopher before tackling his ideas, or are using a classics Achievement Standard for assessment.

The Argument Clinic

This is a website which allows students to Submit an argument to the Clinic and have it criticised by staff at the University of Northern Colorado. You can also look at arguments already posted by others and see the responses. This site could be useful to help student see how to construct arguments and then […]

Routledge A Level Philosophy

This very useful and secondary school student appropriate website, is targeted at students in Year 12 and 13. It covers a range of topics including reason and experience, why should I be governed? Why should I be moral? The idea of God, persons, knowledge of the external world, tolerance, the value of art, God and […]

Determinism and Human Action

This Article follows from the article titled Determinism which is also posted on this website. In this article action and causation, human action as subject to natural laws, and strong and weak determinism are discussed. Year 11, 12 and 13 students will find the language and content suitable.


This article provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of determinism appropriate for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. Universal causation, causal necessity and causal theory, among other concepts, are discussed. This article could also be a useful overview for teachers.

Omniscience and Free Will

This article discusses the connection between Gods omniscience and determinism. Helpful and clear explanations of physical determinism, soft determinism and psychological determinism are also included. The content and language in this article is appropriate for a range of secondary school students.

Arguments for Tolerance

This article which is targeted at Year 12 and 13 students, covers arguments in favour of tolerance. The arguments covered include discussion of human fallibility, the value of autonomy and the value of diversity. Views presented by Locke, Mill and Rawls are covered. The content is presented in a clear and concise way, and could […]

What are Human Rights

Philosophy Resource Managing | Home Title: What Are Human Rights? Location: This short article gives a clear explanation of what human rights are, where they come from, and the role that they play in contemporary society. It is especially valuable in that it discusses how human rights are promoted and protected in New Zealand.

The Five Freedoms

Title: The Five Freedoms Location: Should animals be given freedoms? This article presents five freedoms that are important for animals. Teachers might use the list to get students thinking about whether or not animals should be entitled to freedoms, and what might be done to protect them.

Obama on Freedoms

Title: Obama on Freedoms Location: This short clip reports on a meeting held by US President Barack Obama in China. Obama talks about the importance of freedoms. He specifically mentions the freedom to use Facebook and Twitter. The clip is especially valuable in that it helps to highlight how political philosophical discussions bear on […]