Philosophy

Philosophy: Questions & Theories HZT4U Course Profile

(See Social Sciences & Humanities Policy Document pp. 337-355)

Online Philosophy Resources

Catholic Sites
Catholic Education.org Philosophy Page
(Collection of articles by Catholic authors on issues and themes in philosophy)
Catholic Encyclopedia – “Philosophy”
Catholic-Forum.com’s Philosophy Resources Page
Catholic-Pages.com’s Theology & Philosophy Page
(Excellent wide selection of articles on various writers, themes in philosophy)
Catholic Philosophy & Theology Resource Page
(Site of Deacon Doug McManaman, teacher at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy in Markham, Ontario, Canada)
Crossroads Initiative Peter Kreeft Articles
(Peter Kreeft is a Philosophy Professor at Boston College. Page contains 6 downloadable articles relating to God’s existence, heaven, hell, human personhood at conception)
Foundations of Philosophy links from Catholic Bookworm
(extensive collection of links to online resources)
“An Introduction to Philosophy for Young People”
Collection of Essays by Doug McManaman introducing students to fundamental concepts in philosophy.
St. Aquinas.com Philosophy Page
(Collection of online articles delving into key areas of  St. Thomas Aquinas’ work)
St. Edward’s University Philosophy Resources Page
(Links to searchable resource collections, periodicals and databases)
Videos
Aquinas’ 5 Proofs for the Existence of God
(6min 27sec. YouTube video posted by user tcburr:  Clear presentation of Aquinas’ 5 proofs)
Related Articles
The Eclipse of Reason
(From Catholiceducation.org, by Dennis Buonafede, Ontario secondary school philosophy teacher. Tells about how teaching students to appeal to reason awakened their flagging faith – very encouraging for Catholic secondary school philosophy teachers)
General Philosophy Sites
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
(Staggeringly wide in scope, complied by Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College. Last updated Feb 2003 – still worth the visit)
Apologetics 101 Series
(By Andrew Baklinski. Originally published in Ecclesia, Newspaper of Pembroke, ON Diocese.  Andrew is a former teacher of Religious Education and Philosophy in Barry’s Bay, ON)
What is Truth and Why do We Care Anyway?
What is the Truth About God?
Proofs for God Part 1
Proofs for God Part 2

Recommended Philosophy Reference Works for Catholic Teachers

(Courtesy of Mr. Blaine Barclay, Regiopolis Catholic Secondary.  Kingston, ON)

Philosophical Dictionary, Walter Brugger, Kenneth Baker, Gonzaga University Press, 1972 (the only philosophical dictionary written from a Thomistic perspective).
A History of Philosophy, Martin J. Walsh, Geoffrey Chapman, London, 1985 (an excellent one volume history of western philosophy written by a Catholic Priest)
The Elements of Philosophy: A Compendium for Philosophers and Theologians, William A. Wallace, O.P.,Alba House, NY, 1977. (This book is a compilation of all the articles on philosophical topics found in the multi-volume New Catholic Encyclopedia).
A History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston.  A multi-volume standard reference tool in the field.
Plato’s Republic (books 5 to 10 recommended reading with students)
Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics (books 1, 2, 3 recommended reading with students). Class set of either can be purchased quite reasonably if one was willing to go with the Dover Thrift edition.
Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (8 volumes), recently out in new edition, the old one can be had quite cheaply.
One Volume Philosophy Dictionaries
‘Dictionary of Philosophy’ (Cambridge)
‘Companion to Philosophy’ (Oxford)
 ‘Encyclopaedia of Philosophy’ (Routledge)
For Use in Small Doses
W. Norris Clarke’s Person and Being
Peter Kreeft’s Summa of the Summa
Jacques Maritain’s Range of Reason
Josef Pieper’s Guide to Thomas Aquinas; The Philosophical Act, Leisure the Basis of Culture.

Additional Resources

The Evidential Power of Beauty by Most Rev Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
(Looks at beauty’s power to lead us to God in a secular and technologically isolating age. Good class-duscussion starter. From catholiceducation.org website)
Conscience and Its Enemies: Introduction by Robert P. George
(From the introduction to Princeton University philosopher Robert George’s new book, Conscience and its Enemies.”  Raises excellent questions about assumptions re the human dignity, the nature and purpose of marriage – good discussion starter for Philosophy class, notwithstanding its American context. From catholiceducation.org website)
San Jose articles
(Important statement on rights of the human person in fetal and embryo stages.  Statement by a leading figures in medicine, public policy and international law on the rights to life of all persons from conception until death.  Written to counter United Nations’ claim that that international law requires governments to repeal domestic laws protecting human beings at embryonic and fetal stages of development against the violence of abortion.)