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?
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
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
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
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.
I suggest the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy. (SEP)Report
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.
1000-Word Philosophy: http://1000wordphilosophy.wordpress.comReport
I like this website that breaks down philosophy into manageable chunks.
Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy PodcastReport
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