Category: History

Ethics Introduction Online

Another more comprehensive introduction to the concepts used in ethics, meta-ethics, and applied ethics. Provides some useful links to other pages for further reading.

A short history of Islamic philosophy

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 […]

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 […]

Japanese Philosophy

Chapter Title: The Buddhist Phase Author: Blocker, Gene and Christopher Starling Chapter Pages: Chapter 2, p.25-61 Book Title: Japanese Philosophy Publisher: State University of New York Press Date: 2001 ISBN: 0-7914-5019-8 It has often been said that there is no distinct Japanese philosophy, and this book is an attempt to address that claim. The second […]

Freedom of Speech an Introduction

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.

Justice Rawls and Nozick

This article gives a comprehensive and clear introduction to the theories of John Rawls and Robert Nozick. The content and language used is appropriate for Year 11, 12 and 13 styudents.

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.

The Argument Clinic

This is a website which allows students to Submit an argument to the Clinic and have it criticised by staff at the University of Northern Colorado. You can also look at arguments already posted by others and see the responses. This site could be useful to help student see how to construct arguments and then […]