Religious Studies KS3 & KS4/GCSE: What is a good life?

Iain says he gets more pleasure from reading Shakespeare than eating sausages, but Robert disagrees.

Their debate of who is right explores John Stuart Mill's theory of happiness. Is it better to be an unhappy human or a happy animal?

The Scottish Enlightenment philosopher John Stuart Mill said there are different kinds of happiness.

The most valuable happiness is human sophisticated happiness such as playing music, reading literature and poetry and engaging in debate.

Do you agree?

This clip is from the series Enlighten Up!

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to explore the following questions with your class.

Are humans more important than animals?

Do we have a responsibility to protect animals?

You could also invite a guest speaker from an animal charity into class to talk about the work of the charity.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant to teaching Religious Studies at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 in Scotland.

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