Category: Political Philosophy

Competing Principles of Justice

A useful introduction to distributive justice, this resource discusses equality, need, desert and the objections connected to each basis of distribution. This Article is targeted to Year 12 and 13 students but could potentially be manageable for younger students as well.

Routledge A Level Philosophy

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 […]

Arguments for Tolerance

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 […]

What are Human Rights

Philosophy Resource Managing | Home Title: What Are Human Rights? Location: 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: 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: 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 […]

Free Speech for Hamsters

This clip presents, in an accessible and humorous way, some of the issues surrounding free speech. It could be used to introduce a lesson or lessons on free speech. Teachers might use it in different ways, depending on the ages of the students.

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 […]