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.
This article about Plato from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy would be useful for many senior students, particularly sections 1-4
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.
This book was written by Boethius, a man condemned to death for an apparently unjust charge of treason. Although a Christian, Boethius consoled himself with the tenets of Greek philosophy. It is still useful for anyone wanting practical advice in the face of life’s challenges. It is widely renowned as a great work of literature. […]
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.
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.
Introduction to what ethics is, including meta-ethics and applied ethics. A good cursory definition and introduction to the subject.