Category: Human Nature

Examined Life

DVD of eight philosophers giving separate ten minute monologues on what a meaningful life is. Cornel West on truth, failure and meaninglessness. Avital Ronell on meaning, ethical anxiety, and responsibility for the other. Peter Singer on how we spend money, using animals, the rise of applied ethics, and failing to help. Kwame Anthony Appiah on […]

Introducing Plato

Introducing Plato is part of a series which includes books on all sorts of philosophical and other topics. The whole series is graphic non-fiction, so it is meant to resemble a comic strip. It is one of those books that presents some ideas very simply so young readers could understand them, but other ideas are […]


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.

The Consolation of Philosophy

This book was written by Boethius, a man condemned to death for an apparently unjust charge of treason. Although a Christian, Boethius consoled himself with the tenets of Greek philosophy. It is still useful for anyone wanting practical advice in the face of life’s challenges. It is widely renowned as a great work of literature. […]

Plato for Beginners

Title: Plato for beginners Editor: Cavalier, Robert Publisher: For Beginners LLC Date: 1998 ISBN: 1-934389-08-0 Part of the “For Beginner” series which includes some philosophy titles, this is a comic book style guide to Plato’s works. Although it uses plenty of pictures and simple language, the concepts are advanced and intended for deep reflection.

Philosophy of religion for A level – high school textbook

Title: Philosophy of religion for A level Authors: Jordan, Anne and Neil Lockyer and Edwin Tate Publisher: Stanley Thorne (Publishing) Ltd. Date: 2002 This is a UK textbook for advanced high school students. It resembles the type of book that might be used for a second year undergraduate course in philosophy of religion at a […]

The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks

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 […]

An introduction to Greek philosophy

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 […]


Title: Socrates Author: Hunter, Gwen Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman Date: 1998 ISBN: 0582718996 This high school textbook examines the Socratic method of seeking wisdom against the background of pre-Socratic philosophy, the historical and political context of Socrates’ trial and his death sentence, and Plato’s four dialogues on the death of Socrates, the Euthyphro, Apology, Crito […]

The Philosophy of Jesus as extracted by Thomas Jefferson

Book Title: Jefferson’s Extracts from the Gospels Author: Jefferson, Thomas Editor: Adams, Dickinson W. Publisher: Princeton University Press Date: 1983 ISBN: 0-691-04699-9 Thomas Jefferson regarded the teachings of Jesus Christ as presented by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to be the ‘outlines of a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from […]