John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, chapter two, argues that we should never censor ideas, either true or false. This is a complex section and will require teaching assistance for older students to understand the language Mill uses, but the ideas are simple to understand and consider further.
What is appropriate to say on television? Below are links to two videos of Paul Henry, a controversial television presenter. The first is where Henry cannot pronounce the name of a person correctly and ends up in fits of laughter. The second, the more controversial, is the discussion with Prime Minister John Key, where Henry […]
Philosophy Resource Managing | Home This site describes the freedom of speech laws, or lack thereof, in NZ historically and as such provides a useful background information for students discussing freedom of speech as an ethical or political topic.
This is a very useful, although slightly technical, website to look at the main reasons why we care about freedom of speech and the main defense thereof, by John Stuart Mill. Subsequent sections look at why offense, not direct harm, can itself be a reason to curb our liberties to speech as we choose.
The Pike River mine disaster is a useful case study regarding the ethical practices of journalists during times of extreme stress and grief. Notably, it demonstrates to what extent journalists are prepared to go for a good, humanised story. This case study provides a pertinent and relevant case study on an applied ethical issue. For […]
Philosophy Resource Managing | Home Title: Dao De Jing Translator: Moeller, Hans-Georg Publisher: Open Court ISBN: 0-8126-9625-5 The Dao De Jing is a classic text of Chinese philosophy. When translating this text, it is difficult to strike a balance between preserving its poetic flow and making the philosophical ideas explicit. This translation by Hans-Georg Moeller […]
This very useful and secondary school student appropriate website, is targeted at students in Year 12 and 13. It covers a range of topics including reason and experience, why should I be governed? Why should I be moral? The idea of God, persons, knowledge of the external world, tolerance, the value of art, God and […]
This article which is targeted at Year 12 and 13 students, covers arguments in favour of tolerance. The arguments covered include discussion of human fallibility, the value of autonomy and the value of diversity. Views presented by Locke, Mill and Rawls are covered. The content is presented in a clear and concise way, and could […]
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.
A worksheet covering the main points of the Ethical Theory put forward by Kant. Students are given six questions and then asked to draw conclusions in favor of and opposed to the theory. This worksheet is appropriate for students in Year 11- 13