Category: Social Studies

Sayings of Confucius

Title: The Sayings of Confucius Editor: Ware, James R. Publisher: New American Library Date: 1955 Although this translation of the Analects of Confucius is quite old, it is still very good. Even compared to some more recent translations, it stands up as being readable and poetic and somehow seems to capture more the spirit of […]

Six questions of Socrates

Title: Six questions of Socrates Editor: Phillipps, Christopher Publisher: W W Norton & Company Date: 2004 ISBN: 0-393-04956-6 In The Six Questions of Socrates, Christopher Phillipps travels the world asking a whole range of people what virtue, moderation, justice, goodness, courage and piety are, following Socrates method of inquiry. The result is a fascinating insight […]

Socrates Cafe

Title: Socrates cafe: A fresh taste of philosophy Editor: Phillipps, Christopher Publisher: W W Norton & Company Date: 2001 ISBN: 0-393-04956-6 Socrates Cafe chronicles the authors experience of setting up informal, open discussion groups mainly in cafes to bring philosophy into everyday public life. Inspired by the example of Socrates, he tries to get as […]

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.

Fables from Aesop

Title: Fables from Aesop Editor: Lynch, Tom Publisher: Puffin Books Date: 2002 ISBN: 0-14-230194-9 This is an illustrated children’s book based on Aesop’s fables which are of ancient Greek origin. Each story is one page long. Underneath the story in bold lettering is the moral of the story. While the book’s target audience of young […]

The history of Greek philosophy

Title: The history of Greek philosophy: Volume 1 – The Pre-Socratics Volume 2 – Socrates and Beyond Author: Crescenzo, Luciano de Translator: Bardoni, Auril Publisher: Pgw Date: 1992 ISBN: 0920668887 This innocuously titled book series is actually a very humorous introduction to Greek philosophy by Italian author Luciano de Crescenzo. It combines personal anecdotes and […]

What is God – childrens book

Title: What is God? Author: Boritzer, Etan Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd. Date: 1990 ISBN: 0920668887 What is God? Is an illustrated childrens book which looks at different cultures ideas about what God is and how God could be known. Like many so-called kids books, this one would also give teenagers and adults something to consider […]

Aristotle in 90 minutes

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: 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 […]

Philosophy for Teens

Title: Philosophy for Teens: Ideas and Ideals Editors: Grispino, Joseph A. Publisher: Third Millennium Publishing Date: 2005 ISBN: 1-932657-38-X NOTES: Philosophy for Teens was written for American high school students. It can be used either directly by students or as a guide for teachers. Although some of the references are uniquely American (e.g. republican/democrat, civics […]