Category: School Year/NCEA Level

Advanced Religious Studies

Title: Advanced Religious Studies Authors: Tyler, Sarah K. And Gordon Reid Publisher: Philip Alan Updates Date: 2002 NOTES: This is a large UK religious studies textbook that contains a lot of philosophy. The first two sections, entitled Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics would be the most useful for philosophy students. It contains plenty of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sophies World

Title: Sophie’s World Author: Gaarder, Jostein Publisher: Phoenix House, London Date: 1995 Sophie’s World is a novel intended for young people in which the protagonist undergoes a course in the history of western philosophy. The book acts as an excellent introduction to philosophy. Different areas in the history of philosophy are explored and the results […]

An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Colin Bird

Title: An Introduction to Political Philosophy Editor: Colin Bird Publisher: Cambridge ISBN: 9780521544825 Each chapter of this book looks at an important issue in political philosophy. Some of the issues discussed (and, hence some of the chapters, are more accessible than others. Teachers could use this book to come to terms with the major issues […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]