This article addresses the relationship between poverty and democracy. The author argues that political freedoms are important for the poor, and for a number of reasons. He argues that while authoritarian governments can sometimes provide for the immediate, more pressing needs of their citizens, it is democracy which fully addresses those needs in the long-term. […]
Title: Liberalism Author: Gerald Gaus Location: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/liberalism/ This article provides a nice account of the distinction between negative liberty (section 1.2) and positive liberty (section 1.3). These two sections could be used to introduce the topic of freedom, and to get students thinking about what it means to be free. Some people think, for example, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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. […]
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 […]
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.
Puzzles About Art: An Aesthetics Coursebook (1989) Margaret P. Battin, John Fisher, Ronald Moore, Anita Silvers Puzzles About Art is A very readable introduction to the philosophy of art that could be easily read by high school students. A very useful feature of the book is that it constantly cites ‘cases’ where philosophical problems about […]