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Providing instructors with content-rich, aesthetically pleasing, and helpful PowerPoints and worksheets for teaching the great subject of Western Philosophy (along with Christianity, Ethics, Religion, and Psychology as well).

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Providing instructors with content-rich, aesthetically pleasing, and helpful PowerPoints and worksheets for teaching the great subject of Western Philosophy (along with Christianity, Ethics, Religion, and Psychology as well).
Crash Course Philosophy #13 - The Problem of Evil (Worksheet)
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Crash Course Philosophy #13 - The Problem of Evil (Worksheet)

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This worksheet consists of 12 multiple choice and true/false questions and two short-essay questions that require a 3-5 sentence response. The worksheet as been specifically designed to accompany the following YouTube video: The Problem of Evil: Crash Course Philosophy #13.
B.F. Skinner & Operant Conditioning (PowerPoint)
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B.F. Skinner & Operant Conditioning (PowerPoint)

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This 26-slide PowerPoint is professional, includes several images (for both instruction and entertainment), and is aesthetically appealing. B.F. Skinner was the most famous face associated with Behaviorism in the 20th century (even more so than John Watson). This presentation is thorough, includes ample examples, and yet is easily modifiable so that you can make this your own. The following topics are covered (not an exhaustive list): Bio of Skinner What is Operant Conditioning and how is it different than Classical Conditioning? Shaping Extinction Primary & Secondary Reinforcers Positive reinforcement Negative reinforcement Positive punishment Negative punishment The four types of partial reinforcement schedules And more!
Crito - by Plato (PowerPoint)
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Crito - by Plato (PowerPoint)

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This 25-slide PowerPoint is a detailed and “human” look at the dialogue between two friends: Socrates and Crito. It is a beautiful dialogue about friendship, death, virtue, the relationship between the individual and the State, and more. This presentation covers it all, includes quotes, and helps place the important themes into the wider context. I am currently using this exact presentation in my introductory Ethics course at a local university. Needless to say, it is designed to be professional, informative, easy to follow, and aesthetically pleasing. Major themes addressed: Friendship Wisdom does not rest with the majority How much should one’s reputation matter? It is not living that is important, but living well One must not betray the State when convenient (the complex relationship between the State and the individual) By choosing to not leave a State, one gives implicit consent to obey its laws and rules no matter what
Crash Course Philosophy #14 - Epistemic Responsibility (Worksheet)
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Crash Course Philosophy #14 - Epistemic Responsibility (Worksheet)

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This worksheet consists of 12 multiple choice and true/false questions and three short-essay questions that require a 3-5 sentence response. The worksheet as been specifically designed to accompany the following YouTube video: Anti-Vaxxers, Conspiracy Theories, & Epistemic Responsibility: Crash Course Philosophy #14.
Epicureanism - Philosophy of Pleasure (PowerPoint w/ Readings)
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Epicureanism - Philosophy of Pleasure (PowerPoint w/ Readings)

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This 27-slide presentation has been carefully crafted with the teacher and student in mind. On a few slides, there is a one-sentence note that will help teachers know what point needs to be made. Also, slides have been designed to be aesthetically rich, informative, but still streamlined. I never want the teacher or student to feel overwhelmed with text. That being said, one of the strengths of this presentation is that quotes are taken from two online sources that both students and teachers can access: Principle Doctrines by Epicurus Letter to Menoeceus Essentially, Epicureanism is one of the two main schools of thought (philosophy) during the Hellenistic period of Ancient Greece. The other is Stoicism. Epicureanism is a philosophy of life that is hedonistic, yet this focus on pleasure is not what most people in our contemporary society would imagine. Epicurus’s treatment of pleasure is much richer and nuanced than what many would think.
Introduction to Epistemology (PowerPoint)
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Introduction to Epistemology (PowerPoint)

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This 40-slide PowerPoint is a great introduction to Epistemology and can be used in a high school or college/university setting. Topics include: Justified true belief, excerpts from two of Plato’s dialogues, two Gettier Cases (Edmund Gettier), quotes from secondary online sources (e.g., Internet Enc of Philosophy - IEP), the various kinds of knowledge, sufficient and necessary conditions as it applies to knowledge (a little logic presented in simple fashion), etc. The preview shows you every slide although most of the text has been removed. This presentation has been designed with both the teacher and student in mind. It is aesthetically appealing and built so that one slide naturally flows after the other. Also, the following worksheet has been created to accompany this PowerPoint. It consists of 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and two more short-essay questions. Click here to view.
Introduction to Critical Thinking (PPTX)
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Introduction to Critical Thinking (PPTX)

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This 30-slide PowerPoint has been carefully designed with both the teacher and the student in mind. It is aesthetically pleasing, informative without being too “wordy,” and arranged so that there is an organic flow to the presentation. Also of importance, it is based on an online chapter titled, “What is Critical Thinking?” on OSU’s website that is available to anyone. For this reason, the reading can be assigned in advance so that the students can read about the subject before the presentation. Other websites were also used in a supplementary manner to build this PowerPoint. Here are a few topics that are covered: What is Critical Thinking? What is Critical Thinking not? Attitudes That Are Obstacles to Critical Thinking 7 Thinking Habits That Characterize Critical Thinking Examples of Critical Thinking Questions to Encourage Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics (PowerPoint)
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Introduction to Ethics (PowerPoint)

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This 23-slide PowerPoint presentation is taken from the one that I used in my university classroom. It is organized in a manner that helps the student understand the place of ethics within the much broader discipline of philosophy. Another advantage of this presentation is that is arranged in a systematic, organized fashion so that the student can clearly understand the sub-branches of ethics itself. Topics covered include the following: Major branches of philosophy, three divisions in ethics, three major normative theories (Virtue ethics, Utilitarianism, Deontological ethics), and the trolley cart scenarios. Great for class discussion!
Psychology: Sigmund Freud & Psychoanalysis (PPTX)
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Psychology: Sigmund Freud & Psychoanalysis (PPTX)

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This 49-slide PowerPoint includes a short bio of Sigmund Freud and his major ideas. Whether it be the three levels of consciousness, the iceberg metaphor, the three structures of the psyche, the “Freudian slip,” defense mechanisms, or the nature of psychoanalysis, this PowerPoint covers the basics in a concise yet thorough manner with a sleek, modern aesthetic. You can easily modify to fit your needs. Also, a worksheet has been created specifically for this PowerPoint. It contains 20 multiple choice questions and 3 short-essay questions. An answer key is included. Click here to view.
Stoicism - Epictetus (PowerPoint with Reading Material)
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Stoicism - Epictetus (PowerPoint with Reading Material)

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This 21-slide PowerPoint presentation has been used in a university classroom and has been designed to introduce students to Stoicism as one of the three main schools of Hellenistic philosophy along with Epicureanism and Cynicism. This particular presentation not only introduces Stoicism as a way of life (not focusing as much on logic and nature), but it does so through the particular writings of Epictetus (another presentation is forthcoming that will introduce students to the Meditations by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, another Stoic philosopher). This presentation has been created with the following in mind: Aesthetic appeal Being informative while still having a streamlined appearance Includes many original quotes Makes a connection with Proverbs and Buddhism Reading for this presentation: The Enchiridion by Epictetus
Crash Course Psychology #1 - Intro to Psychology (Worksheet)
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Crash Course Psychology #1 - Intro to Psychology (Worksheet)

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This worksheet consists of 15 carefully crafted multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions. The worksheet has been specifically designed to accompany the following YouTube video: Intro to Psychology: Crash Course Psychology #1. UPCOMING: Keep checking back because over the next two months, my goal is to create a worksheet for every video and then to offer a significantly discounted bundle.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (PPTX) - Intro & Theological Symbolism
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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (PPTX) - Intro & Theological Symbolism

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This 46-slide PowerPoint has been crafted with care to introduce students to C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It is designed to cover the following: About the Book Main Characters Major Events Theological Symbolism & Reflections (major focus of this presentation) This Powerpoint goes into great detail to help students make connections between what occurs in this book and the Christian faith. Theological topics such as the relation between the Law (the Deep Magic) and the Gospel, substitutionary atonement (Aslan’s death and the Deeper Magic), Satan (White Witch, who was Queen Jadis in The Magician’s Nephew), Christ (Aslan), The Emperor of the Sea (God the Father in the Triune Godhead), the temple veil that was torn upon Christ’s death and what this meant (the splitting of the stone table), and several other topics are addressed in detail in relation to this charming and rich narrative. The point is to help students make connections that Lewis probably had in mind. Bible verses are also used where necessary to make a connection. The overall aesthetic is professional, engaging, consists of just the right amount of text (neither too much nor too little), and contains a logical flow of ideas that I consider optimal for teaching. A worksheet has also been created that corresponds with this PowerPoint.
Intro to Utilitarianism (PowerPoint)
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Intro to Utilitarianism (PowerPoint)

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This 28-slide PowerPoint presentation is professionally designed to engage students, create lively discussions, and provide a succinct summary of Utilitarianism. While Jeremy Bentham was the first to present Utilitarianism in a somewhat systematic fashion, the most articulate expression of theory was by 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill. One of the strengths of this presentation is that several of the most important statements by Mill are directly quoted. The following topics are addressed: Normative ethics Brief summary of Virtue ethics Brief summary of Deontological ethics Quotes by Mill The Greatest Happiness Principle Mill’s definition of happiness Mill’s response to his critics that claimed his theory was a philosophy for swine The difference between Act and Rule Utilitarianism The famous Trolley Carts scenarios (with images)
Classical Conditioning
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Classical Conditioning

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This sleek, informative 25-slide PowerPoint is designed to introduce students to the world of classical conditioning. From classical conditioning’s humble beginnings in Ivan Pavlov’s Russian laboratory to John Watson’s experiment with Little Albert, this PP provides a general overview of the subject. In addition to covering a wide range of terms and concepts, the presentation includes several “Class Discussion” moments throughout the presentation including an engaging small-group activity at the end. Below is a list of topics that are covered (not totally exhaustive): Learning Stimulus Unconditioned stimulus Unconditioned response Conditioned stimulus Conditioned response Neutral stimulus Higher-order conditioning Stimulus generalization Stimulus discrimination Extinction
Descartes & Rationalism (PowerPoint)
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Descartes & Rationalism (PowerPoint)

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This 43-slide PowerPoint is what I use when teaching Intro to Philosophy or Philosophy of Human Nature at the university. It is extremely detailed, includes multiple quotes from the Discourse and Meditations, and presents not just the Cogito, but why in fact this was such a significant statement in the history of Western Philosophy. It was, for Descartes, his fundamental building block (certainty; foundationalism) in erecting his edifice of knowledge. In addition, notes are included for some slides in the note section as a teacher’s aid.
Crash Course Philosophy #36 - Utilitarianism (Worksheet)
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Crash Course Philosophy #36 - Utilitarianism (Worksheet)

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This worksheet consists of 14 multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions and three short-essay questions that require a 3-5 sentence response. The worksheet as been specifically designed to accompany the following YouTube video: Utilitarianism: Crash Course Philosophy #36.
Crash Course Philosophy #46 - What is a Good Life? (Worksheet)
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Crash Course Philosophy #46 - What is a Good Life? (Worksheet)

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This worksheet consists of 14 multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions and three short-essay questions that require a 3-5 sentence response. The worksheet as been specifically designed to accompany the following YouTube video: What Is a Good Life?: Crash Course Philosophy #46.