Answering exam questions

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Two mark questions

Normally ask you for a definition or to explain what is meant by a philosophical term. 

Avoid waffling and giving explanations because its not necessary and could lose you marks!!

For example:

"What do philosophers mean by 'a priori'"

Knowledge that we can deduce in isolation from sense experience. 

Keep it straight to the point!

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Five mark questions

When answering these questions you should expand on your answer by using examples and begining to explain what the questions asking you about.

For example:

"What do philosophers mean by 'a priori'?"

Knowledge that we can deduce in isolation from semse experience.  For example, A>B , B>C, therefore A>C. This means that deduction is both sufficient and necessary for knowledge. 

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Nine mark questions

Go into more detail on these questions and try to include a famous argument in yiur answer.

For example:

"Explain why a philosopher might believe that knowledge can only come via sense impressions."

In questions like this you need to explain why and because. In this circumstance you could use Humes argument to develop your answer.

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Fifteen mark questions

These questions requiremore effort and normally require you to compare or analyse a theory.

Here you should make sure to evaluate the topic, giving both pros and cons,  and you should conclude with where your opinions lie on the matter.

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