Title: A short history of Islamic philosophy Author: Leaman, Oliver Publisher: Polity Press, Cambridge Date: 1999 Excerpt: Pages 1-12 ISBN: 0-7456-1960-6 The introduction to this book by Oliver Leaman is entitled ‘A brief introduction to Islamic philosophy’. This short piece would give older students some insight into how and why Islamic philosophy developed, and the […]
Title: Sophie’s World Author: Gaarder, Jostein Publisher: Phoenix House, London Date: 1995 Sophie’s World is a novel intended for young people in which the protagonist undergoes a course in the history of western philosophy. The book acts as an excellent introduction to philosophy. Different areas in the history of philosophy are explored and the results […]
Title: The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks Editor: Thompson, Mel Publisher: Oneworld Publications Date: 2002 ISBN: 1-85168-298-8 This is a compilation of easily digestable quotes from ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles and Plotinus. They are divided into themes and interspersed with illustrations. This is a good resource for someone wanting quick access […]
Title: Aristotle in 90 minutes Author: Strathern, Paul Publisher: Ivan R. Dee, Inc. Date: 1996 ISBN: 1-56663-125-4 A good, short summary of Aristotle and some aspects of his philosophy. Written in an easy-going, conversational style with attention to historical detail and useful information about Platonic and Aristotelian concepts. There are selected quotes by Aristotle at […]
Title: An introduction to Greek philosophy Author: Luce, J.V. Publisher: Thames and Hudson Date: 1992 Introduces the main personalities and schools of Greek philosophy. The language is lucid and clear but an advanced vocabulary is required. A prior background in classics or philosophy would be beneficial. Classics students will be exposed to the deeper philosophical […]
Although this site is intended for classics pupils, it provides an engaging introducton to the lives and thought of some key Greek and Roman thinkers, so it will be invaluable if you want to introduce a class to a particular philosopher before tackling his ideas, or are using a classics Achievement Standard for assessment.
This resource provides notes explaining the concept of cause put forward by Aristotle, including the four causes and other terms relating to his theory. This article would be suitable to a range of secondary school students.
Title: Islamic Philosophy Author: Sheik, M. Saeed Publisher: Octagon Press Location: London Date: 1982 ISBN: 0900860502 This book summarizes the four main schools of medieval Islamic philosophy along with those Islamic thinkers who were influenced by Greek philosophy. It is a lucid and comprehensive text but would be better suited to older students or those […]
Title: Star Wars and Philosophy Author: Decker, Kevin S. and Jason T. Eberl Publisher: Carus Publishing Company ISBN: 0812695836 If you ever wondered whether Yoda is really a Zen master, or if Darth Vader embodies the cold impersonal nature of modern technology, then this book is probably for you. It also has many thought-provoking ideas […]
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness, Socrates on Self-Confidence (Part 1) Alain de Botton tries out the Socrates approach to philosophy on unsuspecting Athenian pedestrians, and wonders why more people are not willing to stand up for what they believe in.