Category: 13

What Do You Know: An Introduction to Global Skepticism

This PowerPoint Presentation gets students to challenge their perception of reality by suggesting that our senses are not as reliable as we think they are. The language and content is fairly basic, but students of all ages would enjoy discussing the issues raised by this resource.

Free Speech by Nigel Warburton

Title: Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction Author: Nigel Warburton Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-923235-2 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates surrounding free speech. There […]

William Paley: The Argument From Design

This PowerPoint presentation covers the argument for the existence of God known as The Teleological Argument or The Argument From Design as presented by William Paley. The presentation uses clear and basic language that would be suitable for year 9 and 10 students or younger.

Censorship in New Zealand

This is a useful site for students regarding censorship, including the legal aspects, history, and how censorship works. It is an overview resource, not particularly in depth but a good place to begin when discussing censorship as an ethical issue.

The Power of Myth

Title: The Power of Myth Author: Campbell, Joseph Publisher: Anchor Books Location: New York ISBN: 0-385-41886-8 Joseph Campbell is often regarded as one of the preeminent scholars of world mythology. George Lucas credited him with influencing Star Wars. The Power of Myth is in the form of a dialogue between Campbell and Bill Moyers which […]

Libertarianism by Matt Zwolinski

This article provides a comprehensive overview of libertarianism. While the article as a whole is complex, two sections are especially accessible. The opening section is especially accessible. Teachers might present this to students as a way of introducing the topic to them. The concluding section – ‘Libertarianism as an Overlapping Consensus’ – could help to […]

New Freeland

This proposed constitution for New Zealand outlines the principles that some libertarians think should govern a state. Libertarianism is a political system that holds that freedom, or liberty, is the primary political value. Libertarians oppose big government, and many of the benefits that governments purport to offer. Teachers might present students with extracts from this […]

Poverty and Political Freedom by Rajeev Bhargava

This article addresses the relationship between poverty and democracy. The author argues that political freedoms are important for the poor, and for a number of reasons. He argues that while authoritarian governments can sometimes provide for the immediate, more pressing needs of their citizens, it is democracy which fully addresses those needs in the long-term. […]

Liberalism by Gerald Gaus

Title: Liberalism Author: Gerald Gaus Location: This article provides a nice account of the distinction between negative liberty (section 1.2) and positive liberty (section 1.3). These two sections could be used to introduce the topic of freedom, and to get students thinking about what it means to be free. Some people think, for example, […]