This book introduces some of the main issues in political philosophy. It is focused on the ideas of particular thinkers (rather than on the ideas to which various thinkers have contributed); it also makes an attempt at historical narrative. Students would find this book – replete with illustrations – relatively easy to engage with, although […]
Comedy – A man walks into a clinic to pay for an argument. This sketch illustrates some bizarre twists of language and logic.
Comedy – A customer argues with a shopkeeper about whether a parrot is dead. This sketch introduces the question of how knowledge can be verified.
Meditations is the philosophical diary of the 2nd century Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was renowned for his wisdom and benevolence as a leader. According to Edward Gibbon, it is perhaps the most readable exposition of the great system of practical philosophy known as Stoicism, which originated in Greece.
Visit the following site to watch Paul Henry put his foot into his mouth again. A good way to introduce the topic of appropriateness in the media to students.
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.
Journalism goes to the movies is a useful book containing ethical case studies illustrated by popular films. The book raises a variety of ethical issues faced by journalists, including privacy, conflict of of interest, reporter and source relationships, and the role of journalists in their communities. In the word document attached, are the two cases […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]