WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level & AS Key Thinkers: Ethics

Greg Barker

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ISBN: 9781913963026 Category:

Publication date: 21/04/21

Pages: 252pp

Exam board: WJEC, WJEC Eduqas

Level: A Level & AS

Subject: Religious Studies

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An essential companion to help students master one of the most important areas of their Religious Studies course in Ethics: knowing the key thinkers.

  • Provides an overview of each thinker’s life and their ideas, with key dates, social context and why they are important.
  • Helps students understand the thinkers’ main arguments and how they justified their approach to ethics, allowing students to evaluate the theories them for themselves.
  • Exam guidance section in each chapter provides a focus for revision and includes advice on how different types of questions could be tackled.
  • Encourages students to explore each area of scholarly knowledge required by the specification, from grasping key ideas to knowing how to best criticise a thinker’s approach.
  • Puts ideas and theories into contemporary contexts to help students build their evaluation skills.
  • Timeline displaying an overview of the key dates for each thinker in relation to world events.
  • Key thinkers covered include Thomas Aquinas, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes and Jeremy Bentham.


  1. Robert Adams
  2. Aristotle
  3. Max Stirner
  4. H. Bradley
  5. A. Prichard
  6. J. Ayer
  7. Thomas Aquinas
  8. John Finnis
  9. Bernard Hoose and Richard McCormick
  10. Joseph Fletcher
  11. Jeremy Bentham
  12. John Stuart Mill
  13. Augustine
  14. John Calvin
  15. John Locke
  16. Ivan Pavlov
  17. Thomas Hobbes
  18. Pelagius
  19. Arminius
  20. Jean-Paul Sartre
  21. Neuroscientific perspectives: Angela Sirigu et. al.
  22. Carl Rogers

Gregory A. Barker, PhD, is a Fellow at the University of Winchester, and an educational coach and CPD presenter hosting revision events for teachers and students across the United Kingdom. He was the Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Trinity College, Carmarthen, and Director of Research at the Religious Experience Research Centre. Among his publications are Jesus Beyond Christianity: The Classic Texts (Introduction by Desmond Tutu). He also writes for GCSE and A Level Religious Studies.

“A fantastic exploration of Ethical Thinkers. I found this book to be extremely approachable, with a clear layout and consistent clear information that was simple to understand and wasn’t overwhelming. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular thinker and split into quick overviews, key ideas, examples of their writing, essential information and even criticisms of each thinker.
The illustrations, photos and lay out all add to this fantastic book, which is designed as a textbook but could easily be a coffee table book that you’d pick up now and again for an ethical exploration.”
5 star Amazon review

“An ideal resource for A-Level RS (Ethics) Students. It contains an overview of the key thinkers, their ideas, and then applies this to AO1 and AO2; excellent for students new to Ethics and the requirements of evaluation and analysis (AO2). Equally good for teachers new to WJEC/Eduqas, or wanting to include additional focus on key scholars in their lessons.
It complements the textbooks and revision guides; the Ethics Year 2 textbook is quite content heavy and some areas can be a little challenging – welcome to A-Level – but, the more you read, the more you practise, the more you’ll get it, and this will definitely help you.
The author focuses on the key thinker’s actual text and has side notes to guide students. You do not have to read it from beginning to end, you can dip in and out, and so use it to complement your knowledge.
Dr. G. Barker did a revision event at my school for our A-Level RS students in the past and his ability to engage students is definitely something that comes through in this book.”
5 star Amazon review

“Classroom teachers and students will find Key Thinkers: Ethics an indispensable aid for their teaching and learning. It is well researched and presented in a very user-friendly way so that each key thinker for the Ethics Specification is ‘brought to life’ by background information and their ideas can be readily sourced with clarity and accuracy. It also has some very useful study tips that are finely tuned into an examination focus. This is a really beautiful book in terms of design which makes it a pleasurable experience just to have in front of you as a reader. Another invaluable and welcome addition to support A Level teaching and study.”
Richard Gray, Author and Examiner

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