Name of Collection:

Philosophy & Ethics

School Name:

Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies


610 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231






Susan Westover

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Introduction: The study of philosophy promotes critical thinking and reasoning at all age levels, promotes a multiplicity of perspectives and the ability to examine novel issues critically and imaginitively. This collection includes print materials appropriate for grades 6 through 12 as a introduction to meaningful existential and ethical questions.

Questions for Inquiry:

  • What is truth?
  • What is real?
  • What is the self? How does it develop? Is there a self?
  • What makes up your world?
  • What is right? How do you know what the right thing to do is?

Keywords: philosophy, ethics, self, reality

Subject Headings: Philosophy, Philosophers, Ethics, Moral development, Personality development, Character- Juvenile literature, Values

Dewey Decimal Classification(s): 100, 107, 109, 155, 190, 305, 373

Key Sources:


Moose, Christian J., and Rowena Wildin. World Philosophers and Their Works, Volume 1 : Masao Abe--Paulo Freire. Ed. John K. Roth. New York: Salem P, Incorporated, 2000.
Price, Joan A. Contemporary Thought. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.

Teaching Resources:

Philosophy Guide for Teachers and Parents
Ethical Dilemmas for Classroom Discussion
Copeland, Matt. Socratic Circles : Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School. New York: Stenhouse, 2005.
White, David A. The Examined Life : Advanced Philosophy for Kids. New York: Prufrock P, 2005.
White, David. Philosophy for Kids : 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder... about Everything! New York: Prufrock P, 2005.


Baggini, Julian, and Jeremy Stangroom. Do You Think What You Think You Think?: the Ultimate Philosophical Handbook. New York: Plume, 2007.
Blackburn, Simon. Think: a compelling introduction to philosophy. New York, NY: Oxford UP, 1999.
Bronson, Eric. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking outside the Batter's Box. Chicago, Ill.: Open Court, 2004.
DiMauro, Laurie, and Tina Grant, eds. Ethics. Opposing viewpoints. Farmington Hills, MA: Greenhaven P, 2006.
King, Peter J. One Hundred Philosophers : The Life and Work of the World's Greatest Thinkers. Danbury: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated, 2004.
Law, Stephen. The Philosophy Gym : 25 Short Adventures in Thinking. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2003.
*Law, Stephen. Philosophy Rocks! New York, NY: Volo, 2002.
Law, Stephen, and Nishant Choksi. Really, Really Big Questions: about Life, the Universe, and Everything. London: Kingfisher, 2009.
Lewis, Barbara A. What Do You Stand For? : For Teens: A Guide to Building Character. Ed. Pamela Espeland. New York: Free Spirit, Incorporated, 1998.
McCarty, Marietta. How Philosophy Can save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2009.
Nagel, Thomas. What does it all mean? A very short introduction to philosophy. New York, NY: Oxford UP, 1987.
*Smullyan, Raymond. What Is the Name of This Book? : The Riddle of Dracula and Other Puzzles. New York: Touchstone, 1986.


Camus, Albert. The stranger. New York: Vintage International, 1989.
Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie's world. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Lewis, Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. New York: Random House UK, 2007.
McDonnell, Patrick. The gift of nothing. New York: Little, Brown and Co., NY.
Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. The little prince. New York, NY: Harcourt, 2000.

Magazine Articles • Online:

Dovre, Paul J. "From Aristotle to Angelou: Best Practices in Character Education." Education Next 7 (2007): 38-45. ERIC. Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn. 3 Mar. 2009
Glanzer, Perry L. "Harry Potter's Provocative Moral World: Is There a Place for Good and Evil in Moral Education?" Phi Delta Kappan 89 (2008): 525-28. ERIC. EBSCOhost. Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn. 3 Mar. 2009. Keyword: ethical instruction, moral values.
Goodnough, Abby. "Philosophical Reasoning Taught in the Second Grade. -" The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 08 Apr. 2010. Web. 07 May 2010.
Goering, Sara, and Debbie Whittaker. "Integrating Philosophy for Children and Young Adults into the Public Schools: Tales from Long Beach, California." Theory and Research in Education 5 (2007): 341-55. ERIC. EBSCOhost. Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn. 3 Mar. 2009 http://
Lipman, Matthew. "Teaching Students to Think Reasonably: Some Findings of the Philosophy for Children Program." Clearing House 71 (1998): 277-80. ERIC. 1999. 3 Mar. 2009

Web Sites:

Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Mount Holyoke Philosophy for Children
Philosophy for Kids
Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children Greek Philosophy for Kids
History for Kids
Philosophy Pages from Garth Kemerling
Squire Family Foundation
Teaching Children Philosophy
Philosophy for Kids: University of Massachusetts
The Kids Philosophy Slam
Philosophy Pages
The Philosophy Toolbox
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
Pragmatism Cybrary
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy Gateway
What is Ethics?



Contemporary Ethics- series examines right and wrong in the 21st century
NPR's All Things Considered- ethicist on a range of everyday ethical dilemmas
This I Believe - series examining Americans' personal philosophies and core values that guide their daily lives


The Play of Mind: Software on the History of Ideas
EthicsWorks Critical Thinking software
Lying, Cheating, Stealing. Decisions, Decisions 5.0 Computer software. Watertown, MA: Tom Snyder Productions.


Resource: Ethics in America II (video series for middle & high school)
The Examined Life 26 Videos. Intelecom. 1998. 28 January 2009. <>
The Examined Life: Can Rules Define Morality?. Intelecom. 1998. 28 January 2009.
The Examined Life: Is Ethics Based on Virtue?. Intelecom. 1998. 28 January 2009.
The Examined Life: Is Morality Relative?. Intelecom. 1998. 28 January 2009. <>
The Examined Life: Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?. Intelecom. 1998. 28 January 2009. <>
"What Is Consciousness?" Inside Out: States of Consciousness. Intelecom. 2006. 28 January 2009.

Community Resources:

American Philosophical Association

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

State correlations » New York State Learning Standards » Social Sciences » SS5 Civics, Citizenship, and Government » Intermediate (5 through 8) » SS5.I.2a Trace the evolution of American values, beliefs, etc.

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.