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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.
62. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 14
Rory E. Kraft, Jr. Editor's Note
63. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 14
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.
65. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 2
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
67. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 2
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.
68. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 2
Hugh Taft-Morales Maya’s Philosophy
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The author's conversation with his daughter, Maya, on Philosophy and rights.
69. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 2
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.