What is love? Is lying always wrong? Is beauty a matter of fact, or a matter of taste? What is discrimination?
The answers to these questions, and more, are examined in Philosophy for Teens: Questioning Life's Big Ideas, an in-depth, teenager-friendly look at the philosophy behind everyday issues. The authors examine some of life's biggest topics, such as:
- the role of government,
- hate, and
Both sides of the debates are covered on every issue, with information from some of the world's most noted philosophers included in a conversational style that teenagers will love. Each chapter includes discussions questions, thought experiments, exercises and activities, and community action steps to help students make reasoned, informed decisions about some of life's greatest debates.
Examining life's big ideas and discovering their own opinions have never been easier or more exciting for today's teens.
Table of Contents
Teacher’s Guide Introduction Part 1: Beauty Chapter 1: What Is Love? Chapter 2: Is Beauty a Matter of Fact or a Matter of Taste? Chapter 3: What Is the Purpose of Art? Chapter 4: Is There a Difference Between Health and Beauty? Part 2: Truth Chapter 5: Is There Anything That Cannot Be True? Chapter 6: Is Lying Always Wrong? Chapter 7: Does Every Question Have an Answer? Chapter 8: Should We Accept Reality? Part 3: Justice Chapter 9: What is Discrimination? Chapter 10: Do Animals Have Rights? Chapter 11: Who Will Take Care of the Environment? Chapter 12: What Would Happen if There Were No Governments? Part 4: God Chapter 13: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? Chapter 14: What Is the Meaning of Life? Appendix A: Dialogue Worksheet Appendix B: The Trial and Death of Socrates, and Plato’s Theory of Forms Appendix C: Empiricism Glossary About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment List of Thought Experiments Thought Experiment: The Replacement Brother Thought Experiment: Seeing Beauty Thought Experiment: The Nature of Art Thought Experiment: Just the Way You Are Thought Experiment: The Mob and the Scapegoat Thought Experiment: Time Traveling Yourself Out of Existence Thought Experiment: Getting Your Jollies Thought Experiment: Desert Dessert Thought Experiment: The Grandchildren That Never Were Thought Experiment: An Island of Your Very Own Thought Experiment: The Next Dr. Frankenstein Thought Experiment: The Most Important Choice of All
For the past several years, Sharon M. Kaye, Ph.D., has taught philosophy to high school students through the Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers' Program, which won the 2006 American Philosophical Association Award for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. She currently serves as professor of philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH.
For the past several years, Paul Thomson, Ph.D., has taught philosophy to high school students through the Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers' Program, which won the 2006 American Philosophical Association Award for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. He currently serves as associate professor of philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH.