Online Philosophy Materials for High School Students


A philosopher writes in seeking good materials online for high school age students who’d like to get more exposure to philosophy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Wi-Phi: short, animated videos on a variety of philosophical topics.
  • Philosophy Talk: the radio program, listenable online, featuring Ken Taylor and John Perry with various guests
  • Puzzle Baron’s Logic Puzzles: “the world’s largest website dedicated to logic puzzles”
  • Hi-Phi Nation: the new podcast about philosophy that “turns stories into ideas”
  • A list of philosophy books that Daily Nous readers suggested for a high school library.

Readers, what would you recommend?

Brian Mollenkopf, “Under the Bleachers”

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Zac Cogley
4 years ago

The Crash Course philosophy videos (co-produced by PBS digital studios) are excellent: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtNgK6MZucdYldNkMybYIHKR
They cover a variety of topics including the nature of philosophy, historical figures, epistemology, personal identity, and ethics.Report

Danny Weltman
Reply to  Zac Cogley
4 years ago

I’ve only watched a few, but the few I’ve watched (like #40, “What is Justice?”) tend to be pretty bad in terms of getting basic things correct. I’ve found Wi-Phi’s videos much better.Report

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  Zac Cogley
4 years ago

Yes, there are several good YouTube channels. In addition to Crash Course, and WiPhi, there are: 3 minute philosophy, The School of Life, and 8-bit philosophy, BBC, Wireless Philosophy, and Carnaedes.Report

Alex Guerrero
4 years ago

There are a number of good Coursera and EdX open-access, online philosophy courses (including, I think, my own _Revolutionary Ideas_ courses on legal and political philosophy).

They would be a good level for interested high school students, and they have good mobile apps.

https://www.coursera.org/courses?languages=en&query=philosophyReport

Jeff
Jeff
4 years ago

I suggest the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy. (SEP)Report

Matt
4 years ago

Philosophize This! Podcast by Stephen West. Designed specifically for a beginner. Highlights of the history of philosophy from pre-socratics to modern. Highlights major topics and philosophers.

PhilosophizeThis.orgReport

Andrew D. Chapman
4 years ago
couchloc
couchloc
4 years ago

I like this website that breaks down philosophy into manageable chunks.
http://www.philosophybasics.comReport

Zachary Fruhling
4 years ago

Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy PodcastReport

Chris Surprenant
4 years ago

I run an online concurrent/dual enrollment philosophy program for high school students. We offer a 1000-level introduction to philosophy, 2000-level ethics, and 2000-level philosophy of law. Courses include recorded lectures and a live discussion one night a week over Skype. It’s incredibly affordable–$210 for a 3-credit course–and we haven’t seen a problem with credits transferring to any other colleges or universities.

If you’re interested, please visit our website at http://www.uno.edu/tocqueville-project/high-school-program.aspx or email me directly at [email protected].Report