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The Enlightenment, Philosophers, and Your Government
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
After learning about the Enlightenment philosophers, your young historians will take part in a fantastic project where they will determine and develop their idea of an ideal government through a written portfolio. The project asks...
Enlightenment Philosophers (Peer to Peer Teaching)
7th - 11th CCSS: Adaptable
One of the best strategies for learning is to teach what you know to others. Your young historians will be divided into groups and assigned an Enlightenment philosopher that they will then research and present to their classmates.
An Introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Learning the meaning of a new word is different than knowing its definition. Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations discusses the importance of context in understanding a word's meaning, as well as the fluidity of language...
Philosophical Chairs: Justification for the Dropping the Atomic Bombs
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified? Class members prepare for a Document Based Question (DBQ) writing assignment with a series of preparatory activities. Groups examine six documents, including first person...
Ancient Greek Philosophers:Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
11th - 12th
Students discover the famous Greek Philosophers. In this Greek instructional activity, students find the contributions of Ancient Greece and their philosophers. This instructional activity includes brief bios on Socrates, Plato, and...
Mary's Room: A Philosophical Thought Experiment
5 mins 9th - 12th
Must someone consciously experience a concept before they can know everything about its physics? Viewers are left to ponder this Knowledge Argument after viewing a short philosophical thought experiment that pits conscious experience...
Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Here is a great secondary source reading that includes the primary ideas and philosophies of the famed Enlightenment philosophers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In additional to discussing...
Henry David Thoreau: Author, Philosopher, and Abolitionist
3rd - 7th CCSS: Designed
What would Henry David Thoreau think of life in 21st-Century America? Pupils investigate the abolitionist using primary and secondary materials. They analyze what Thoreau would think of the changes to American lifestyles since the time...
The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Louis Heilbroner
10th - Higher Ed
CliffsNotes provides a list of study questions to help your high schoolers grapple with The Worldly Philosophers. Some of them are simple and straight forward, while others offer an opportunity to dig in deeper! Consider printing this...
Philosophy - Heidegger
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Beyond Martin Heidegger's famously dense writing, there lies a deep and enriching philosophy that prompts one to examine human existence and the path to authenticity. An engaging video previews several of the tenets of the Heideggerian...
What is Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox?
4 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Logic, paradox, infinity and finite...it all used to be Greek to me! And these concepts in modern day philosophy and advanced mathematics truly are Greek in origin, with particular regard to ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea. Learn...