Name of Collection:

Philosophy & Ethics

School Name:

Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies

Address:

610 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Phone:

718.923.4703

Fax:

718.923.4730

Librarian:

Susan Westover

Librarian's e-mail:

swestov@schools.nyc.gov

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:

Reference:

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 http://www.historyforkids.org/teachers/guides/philosophy.htm
Ethical Dilemmas for Classroom Discussion http://www.goodcharacter.com/dilemma/dilemma.html
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.

Non-fiction:

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.

Fiction:

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 http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ763343&site=ehost-live.
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. - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 08 Apr. 2010. Web. 07 May 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/education/edlife/18philosophy-t.html?scp=3&sq=philosophy&st=cse.
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://http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ794988&site=ehost-live.
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 http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ568465&site=ehost-live

Web Sites:

Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children http://philosophyforchildren.org
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu
Mount Holyoke Philosophy for Children www.mtholyoke.edu/omc/kidsphil/
Philosophy for Kids http://philosophyforkids.com/
Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children http://depts.washington.edu/nwcenter/ Greek Philosophy for Kids
History for Kids http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/greeks/philosophy/
Philosophy Pages from Garth Kemerling http://philosophypages.com/
Squire Family Foundation http://www.squirefoundation.org/
Teaching Children Philosophy http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/
Philosophy for Kids: University of Massachusetts http://www.philosophyforkids.com/
The Kids Philosophy Slam http://www.philosophyslam.org/
Philosophy Pages http://www.philosophypages.com/index.htm
The Philosophy Toolbox http://philosophy-toolbox.org/
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/philinks.htm
Pragmatism Cybrary http://www.pragmatism.org/
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://www.iep.utm.edu/
Philosophy Gateway http://www.bu.edu/paideia/
What is Ethics? http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/whatisethics.html

Audio/Videos/DVDs:

Audio:

Contemporary Ethics- series examines right and wrong in the 21st century http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2003/aug/ethics/index.html
NPR's All Things Considered- ethicist on a range of everyday ethical dilemmas http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/ethicist/index.html#series
This I Believe - series examining Americans' personal philosophies and core values that guide their daily lives http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4538138

Software:

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

EdVideo/Video:

Resource: Ethics in America II (video series for middle & high school) http://www.learner.org/resources/series207.html#program_descriptions
The Examined Life 26 Videos. Intelecom. 1998. PowerMediaPlus.com. 28 January 2009. <http://www.powermediaplus.com>
The Examined Life: Can Rules Define Morality?. Intelecom. 1998. PowerMediaPlus.com. 28 January 2009. http://www.powermediaplus.com
The Examined Life: Is Ethics Based on Virtue?. Intelecom. 1998. PowerMediaPlus.com. 28 January 2009. http://www.powermediaplus.com
The Examined Life: Is Morality Relative?. Intelecom. 1998. PowerMediaPlus.com. 28 January 2009. <http://www.powermediaplus.com>
The Examined Life: Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?. Intelecom. 1998. PowerMediaPlus.com. 28 January 2009. <http://www.powermediaplus.com>
"What Is Consciousness?" Inside Out: States of Consciousness. Intelecom. 2006. PowerMediaPlus.com. 28 January 2009. http://www.powermediaplus.com

Community Resources:

American Philosophical Association http://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/index.html

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.