Category: Social Studies

The Power of Myth

Title: The Power of Myth Author: Campbell, Joseph Publisher: Anchor Books Location: New York ISBN: 0-385-41886-8 Joseph Campbell is often regarded as one of the preeminent scholars of world mythology. George Lucas credited him with influencing Star Wars. The Power of Myth is in the form of a dialogue between Campbell and Bill Moyers which […]

Native American Traditions

Title: Native American Traditions Editor: Versluis, Arthur Publisher: Element Books Limited Location: Brisbane Date: 1994 ISBN: 1-85230-572-X An abundance of colourful illustrations and insightful text characterise this introduction to the indigenous people of the New World. Its scope covers the entire span of the Americas from Eskimo to southern Incans. There is a strong focus […]

Confucius and the Golden Rule

Title: Confucius: The Golden Rule Editor: Freedman, Russell Publisher: Scholastic Press Location: New York ISBN: 0439139570 A short illustrated introduction to the life and philosophy of Confucius which is suitable for both teenagers and adults. Confucius was the most influential Chinese philosopher in history.

Bhagavad Gita for Westerners

Title: The Bhagavad Gita: A walkthrough for Westerners Editor: Hawley, Jack Publisher: New World Library Location: Novato, California Date: 2001 ISBN: 1577311477 This translation of the Gita is slightly more dramatized than most. It reads a bit like a novella which would make it easier for a younger audience to assimilate. However, it retains the […]

I am therefore I think

Title: I am, therefore I think: philosophers answer your questions about love, nothingness and everything else… Editor: George, Alexander Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Location: Great Britain Date: 2007 ISBN: 9780340937891 This volume was put together by Alexander George who is a professor of philosophy at Amherst College USA. It consists of philosophical questions and answers. […]

Islamic Philosophy

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 […]

The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam

Title: The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam Author : Mizra Ghulam Ahmad Publisher: Islam International Publications Ltd. ISBN: 185372193X This book provides an Islamic answer to five philosophical questions. 1. What are the physical, moral and spiritual states of man. 2. What is the state of man after death. 3. What is the object […]

The Upanisads

Title: The Upanisads Translator: Valerie J. Roebuck Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN: 0140447490 The Upanishads are the philosophical essence of the Vedas which underly all of Hindu philosophy. There are over 200 Upanishads each of which constitutes a separate discourse or teaching. This Penguin Classics translation is of the 13 principal Upanishads. There are many technical […]

The Dhammapada

Title: The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha Translator: Thomas Byrom Publisher: Harmony/Bell Tower ISBN: 0609608886 The Dhammapada is a central text of Buddhist philosophy consisting mainly of the Buddhas pithy aphorisms. The language is simple but there is plenty here to inspire discussion at high school level or beyond.