This book introduces some of the main issues in political philosophy. It is focused on the ideas of particular thinkers (rather than on the ideas to which various thinkers have contributed); it also makes an attempt at historical narrative. Students would find this book – replete with illustrations – relatively easy to engage with, although […]
Comedy – A man walks into a clinic to pay for an argument. This sketch illustrates some bizarre twists of language and logic.
Comedy – A customer argues with a shopkeeper about whether a parrot is dead. This sketch introduces the question of how knowledge can be verified.
Meditations is the philosophical diary of the 2nd century Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was renowned for his wisdom and benevolence as a leader. According to Edward Gibbon, it is perhaps the most readable exposition of the great system of practical philosophy known as Stoicism, which originated in Greece.
Title: The Sayings of Confucius Editor: Ware, James R. Publisher: New American Library Date: 1955 Although this translation of the Analects of Confucius is quite old, it is still very good. Even compared to some more recent translations, it stands up as being readable and poetic and somehow seems to capture more the spirit of […]
Title: Fables from Aesop Editor: Lynch, Tom Publisher: Puffin Books Date: 2002 ISBN: 0-14-230194-9 This is an illustrated children’s book based on Aesop’s fables which are of ancient Greek origin. Each story is one page long. Underneath the story in bold lettering is the moral of the story. While the book’s target audience of young […]
Title: What is God? Author: Boritzer, Etan Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd. Date: 1990 ISBN: 0920668887 What is God? Is an illustrated childrens book which looks at different cultures ideas about what God is and how God could be known. Like many so-called kids books, this one would also give teenagers and adults something to consider […]
Title: An Introduction to Political Philosophy Editor: Colin Bird Publisher: Cambridge ISBN: 9780521544825 Each chapter of this book looks at an important issue in political philosophy. Some of the issues discussed (and, hence some of the chapters, are more accessible than others. Teachers could use this book to come to terms with the major issues […]
Title: Philosophy for Teens: Ideas and Ideals Editors: Grispino, Joseph A. Publisher: Third Millennium Publishing Date: 2005 ISBN: 1-932657-38-X NOTES: Philosophy for Teens was written for American high school students. It can be used either directly by students or as a guide for teachers. Although some of the references are uniquely American (e.g. republican/democrat, civics […]
Title: Philosophy of Religion A-Z Author: Quinn, Patrick Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Ltd. Date: 2005 ISBN: 0-74860-2211-0 Philosophy of Religion A-Z is a philosophical dictionary with similarities to a concise encyclopedia. It gives short clear answers with enough depth to be useful but not so much as to be overly complex for the younger student.