Category: Children

What is God – childrens book

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 […]

An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Colin Bird

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 […]

Terrorism: The Philosophical Issues

Title: Terrorism: The Philosophical Issues Editor: Igor Primoratz Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 1403918163 This book presents a series of political philosophical essays. Most of the essays are pitched at a high level; they are, therefore, only really suitable for older students.  Primoratz’s introduction to the book (pgs x-xxiv) offers a nice overview of the central […]

Political Philosophy

Title: Political Philosophy Editor: Anthony Quinton Publisher: Oxford University Press  This book presents a series of political philosophical essays. Most of the essays are pitched at a high level; they are, therefore, only really suitable for older students. Quinton’s introduction to the book (pgs 1-8) provides a useful (but heavy-going) overview of what political philosophy […]

An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff

Title: An Introduction to Political Philosophy Author: Jonathan Wolff Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199296095  This book offers a clear overview of some of the main issues in political philosophy. It is written and structured in such a way that it is accessible without being unintelligent or inaccurate. Teachers might use the book to familiarise […]

Legal Rights

Title: Matthew Kramer on Legal Rights Location: http://philosophybites.com/2008/07/matthew-kramer.html In this audio clip (15:01), Matthew Kramer explains legal rights – what rights are, and what they are for. He discusses the difference between rights and liberties, and also explains the difference between will and interest theories. He also offers a number of examples to illustrate these […]

Human Rights by Andrew Clapham

Title: Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction Author: Andrew Clapham Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199205523  This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates surrounding human rights. There are, […]

What are Human Rights

Philosophy Resource Managing | Home Title: What Are Human Rights? Location: http://www.hrc.co.nz/human-rights-environment/what-are-human-rights/ This short article gives a clear explanation of what human rights are, where they come from, and the role that they play in contemporary society. It is especially valuable in that it discusses how human rights are promoted and protected in New Zealand.

The Five Freedoms

Title: The Five Freedoms Location: http://rnzspca.org.nz/animal-care/important-reading/the-five-freedoms Should animals be given freedoms? This article presents five freedoms that are important for animals. Teachers might use the list to get students thinking about whether or not animals should be entitled to freedoms, and what might be done to protect them.

Obama on Freedoms

Title: Obama on Freedoms Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgdoc1TSCE This short clip reports on a meeting held by US President Barack Obama in China. Obama talks about the importance of freedoms. He specifically mentions the freedom to use Facebook and Twitter. The clip is especially valuable in that it helps to highlight how political philosophical discussions bear on […]