Philosophy: Questions & Theories HZT4U Course Profile

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Philosophy Resources

Apologetics 101 Series
(By Andrew Baklinski, former RCCDSB Religious Education and Philosophy teacher. Originally published in Ecclesia, Newspaper of Pembroke, ON Diocese.)
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
New:  Video – Life of St. Thomas Aquinas
(5 minute video on life of St. Thomas by University of Santo Tomas. Done in animated cartoon style, but good intro for secondary students nonetheless.)
Summa Theologiae
(Hosted by New Advent website)
Summa Theologica, 1947 Benziger Edition
(Dominican Fathers Website)
 Summa Theologica App for Android
(From Dominican Friars website)
St. Philosophy Page
(Collection of online articles delving into key areas of  St. Thomas Aquinas’ work)
 Introduction to the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas
(by James F. Anderson)
Modern Thomistic Philosophy: An Explanation for Students – Vol. 1,
(by R.P. Phillips, D.D. M.A.)
Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle 
(by Saint Thomas Aquinas)
Thomas Aquinas (Overview)
(Article on explaining some of the major themes in St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings.) 
 St. Thomas:  A Mind in Love
(From Order of Preachers website)
The Summa and Other Matters
(From website home page:  “This site is dedicated to the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas. In particular, the site aims to offer online the commentaries on the Summa written by Pere Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.”  Site also has links to further works of Aquinas.)
Aristotle and Aquinas: The Vital Difference
(Donald de Marco, Catholic Education Resource Centre [])
Aquinas’ 5 Proofs for the Existence of God
(6min 27sec. YouTube video posted by user tcburr:  Clear presentation of Aquinas’ 5 proofs)

 Aristotle and Aquinas: The Vital Difference
(Donald de Marco, Catholic Education Resource Centre [])
Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle
(by Saint Thomas Aquinas)
The Four Levels of Happiness
(Rev. Robert Spicer, SJ.  Catholic Education Resource Centre website. Presents Aristotle’s 4 levels – laetus, felix, beatitudo, sublime beatitudo – and relates them to Christian living)
Aristotle et Al. Readings for Philosophers and Catholics
(Must-view:  Notre Dame University’s Extensive set of links to works by major philosophical writers)

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 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 website)
Life Issues
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.)
Maritain, Jacques
Notre Dame University’s Jacques Maritain Centre
(Collection of works by Maritain and other useful writings and resources)

Art and Scholasticism
(Translated from the original French, available to read online)
Natural Law
Catechism of the Catholic Church:  The Natural Moral Law
(Nos 1954-1960, CCC)
The Abolition of Mad Men. How refreshing: CS Lewis’ prescription of natural law and prescriptive values
(Jay Dyer, Catholic Education Resource Centre)
Natural Law and the Ten Commandments
(Diocese of Westminister, UK)
What is Natural Law
(YouTube video presentation by Bishop Robert Barron.  Length 1:39)
 Think Like a Catholic:  7 Questions on the 4 Laws
(St. website.  Good explanation of relation between Natural and Eternal Law)


The Eclipse of Reason
(From, 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)
The Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence Justice Fortitude Temperance
(by Joseph Pieper)
 Virtue Education Articles
(Wide variety of articles from Catholic Education Resource Centre website. Well worth the visit.)
The Virtue of Prudence
(By Doug McManaman, Catholic Education Resource Centre)
The Virtue of Temperance
(By Doug McManaman, Catholic Education Resource Centre)
 The Virtue of Fortitude
(By Doug McManaman, Catholic Education Resource Centre)
 The Virtue of Justice
(By Doug McManaman, Catholic Education Resource Centre)
RCCDSB Virtues, Equity & Inclusivity Page
Websites – General Catholic
Catholic Education Centre Reason & Philosophy Pages
(Large collection of philosophy-related essays and articles) 

Aristotle et Al. Readings for Philosophers and Catholics
(Must-view:  Notre Dame University’s Extensive set of links to works by major philosophical writers)
Catholic Philosophy Page
(Collection of articles by Catholic authors on issues and themes in philosophy)

Catholic Encyclopedia – “Philosophy”’s Philosophy Resources Page’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. Edward’s University Philosophy Resources Page
(Links to searchable resource collections, periodicals and databases)
Websites – Additional
(Online encyclopedia covering the major philosophers from Pre-Socratic to present day)
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) 

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.

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