Something to Prove is an introduction to philosophy and the practice of community of inquiry (COI). Researched and written specifically for young adults and their teachers, it pokes an exploratory finger into the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, political ideology, formal reasoning, ethics, culture, freedom, and more. The book employs contemporary story-telling techniques, informal language, […]
DVD of eight philosophers giving separate ten minute monologues on what a meaningful life is. Cornel West on truth, failure and meaninglessness. Avital Ronell on meaning, ethical anxiety, and responsibility for the other. Peter Singer on how we spend money, using animals, the rise of applied ethics, and failing to help. Kwame Anthony Appiah on […]
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 […]
Title: The Greeks: an introduction to their culture Author: Sowerby, Robin Publisher: Routledge Date: 2009 ISBN: 0-415-46937-6 NOTES: Chapter 5 of this book (pp.142-168) is a comprehensive overview of Greek philosophy. The writing is clear and straightforward but more appropriate for older students, preferably those who already have some background knowledge of the ancient Greeks.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: 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 […]
This resource provides notes explaining the concept of cause put forward by Aristotle, including the four causes and other terms relating to his theory. This article would be suitable to a range of secondary school students.