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61. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 14
Elvira Klapp Machiavelli and Aristotle: The Virtuous Mean
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Examines a conflict found in the writings of Aristotle and Machiavelli considering steps towards a life of virtue and prominence. Aristotle puts value on happiness and welfare en route to a good life whereas Machiavelli is focused on the ability to use both good and bad action to control a situation. The author concludes balance of these qualities, a virtuous mean, is the most beneficial option, a notion that Machiavelli not directly but philosophically challenges.
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Rory E. Kraft, Jr. Editor's Note
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Justice and Plato’s Republic
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Sydney To Freedom in Degrees
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In this runner-up PLATO contest essay, Sydney To proposes that humans have free will due to human’s unique ability of self-ownership. As long as we are not inappropriately influenced, we can choose, progress, or influence ourselves appropriately. She cites our ability of self-control and self-revision as a representation of free will, which is a sufficient amount to make life meaningful.
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Hugh Taft-Morales Voices, Rights, and Reason
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Small-group discussion and documentation between three students that explains their opinion on “what is a right” and the foundation and process of their thinking.
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Resources and Ideas for Discussions about Children’s Rights
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Talya Birkhahn, Dubi Bergstein Humiliated Elephants
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A student written poem, alongside responses from 2nd and 6th graders on the poem's philosophy.
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Hugh Taft-Morales Maya’s Philosophy
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The author's conversation with his daughter, Maya, on Philosophy and rights.
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Jana Mohr Lone Methow Valley Elementary School Bill of Human Rights
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Lone conducted weekly philosophical discussions for first and second graders on human rights and how to be treated in society. With “The right to be treated equally” as a nearly unanimous response, Lone records these reactions in a formatted list.
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Whitman Middle School Declaration of Human Rights
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In retrospect to “A Bill of Human Rights”, Shapiro initiated a lecture to 6th graders about animal rights, only to execute a mature view on universal human rights and what is ethical for modern society through a child’s perspective.
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David A. Shapiro Philosophy in the Schools Project
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In the pursuit of a quality and well-rounded education with philosophy, Shapiro conducts an introductory lesson to students and teachers alike in order to develop deeper, more philosophical questions from their students. Academically, the article expands detail on tutoring in philosophy, analytical practices, and metaphysical activities.
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Call for Submissions
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Editorial Board
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Geoff Berkheimer Essay on Superiority
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In a brief essay stating “a question riddled with questions,” 14-year old Berkheimer describes human nature and the continuing trend to seek superiority in society.
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Sara Goering PERSPECTIVES: The Center for the Advancement of Philosophy in Schools
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Goering writes on the perspectives of her students through contrasting philosophy to unrelated anthological texts which include language arts and history.
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Stephen Barnes Teaching Plato’s Cave
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Barnes focuses and examines Plato’s ideals on life through “Allegory of the Cave”. The nature of selfhood, moral/ political issues, and enlightenment demonstrate in any classroom the alternatives to a dry session on philosophy to young children through an engaging discussion.
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Jennifer Hagaman The Goals Game
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Hagaman’s elementary school experiment has students lists the goals in their lives that will eventually achieve ‘happiness’. These goals range from good health to authority; yet, the article tackles gender roles, futuristic expectations through educational accomplishments, and the concept of meaning.
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David Shapiro The Meaning of Life (II)
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Sam Godwyn What is the Self?
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Godwyn discusses how thoughts could be perceived differently between the observer and the observed. The ‘self’ serves as the foundation to this essay—existence, nevertheless, promotes intellectual thinking to create an essential identify and perception in society.