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  1. “WHO ARE THESE STRANGE MEN?†Meet the Founders of Western Philosophy! Thales Study & Philosophers At A Glance with Ancient History Timeline Bundle February FREEBIE — $18.95 Value (offer ends 2/29/16) It’s time to demystify the study of philosophy! Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives. In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea creators—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history. In this bundle, you’ll meet eight Pre-Socratic thinkers, including Thales — The Father of Western Philosophy. This bundle also features an Ancient History Timeline. You might be surprised by the famous people from the Bible who show up on this timeline! (Esther, the prophet Jeremiah, and King Nebuchadnezzar, to name just a few!) SAVE 25% OFF digital resources right now with the code WINTER-2016 http://homeschooladventure.com/freebies/
  2. Hi: Quite by accident, my dd's and I read and discussed Plato's Allegory of the Cave, and now I'm smitten with philosophy. It also helps that I just read a NYT article that makes reference to this work ("At best, you might succeed in talking to someone who can tell you he has seen the shadows on the cave wall.") Had I read this 2 weeks ago, I would have completely missed this reference! Can you help me compile a list of essential beginning reading in philosophy? Or does an anthology already exist? As a math/science gal, this is completely out of my element. Thanks!
  3. Homeschooling has enabled my daughter Emma to write Christian music for other teens. You can listen to 2 of the songs she'll put on the CD through the link below -- PLEASE LISTEN to her music and let us know if you like it on her facebook page Emma MacDonald's Music). Her title track, Something Greater has everything to do with how she's been able to view the world through the blessings of homeschooling - https://soundcloud.com/emma-macdonald-music/sets/emma-macdonald She's stressing because she only has 3 days left of her CD fundraiser. It ends Friday, Dec. 6 @6pm. If you've considered donating, NOW would be a great time. Thank you for all the prayers, donations & words of encouragement on her behalf - this is a big (read hugely exciting & stressful) undertaking for a 15 (now 16) year old. I pray that God will help Em become Something Greater than she is now and the He will Never Let (her) Go. Video & Fundraiser Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emmamacdonald/something-greater-album Thank you SO much for listening and watching! Jenn MacDonald
  4. My dd loves studying philosophy and has worked through some of the TOG lessons, has read other introductory books, but would like to delve further. We're looking for an online course, or self study curriculum that has a more structured program. A lesson plan for The Story of Philosophy, which we own, would be great. Translation: I want someone else to come up with the questions and assignments! She will be in 11th grade. Any ideas are much appreciated. Thanks!
  5. ARISTOTLE’S NICOMACHEAN ETHICS Translated By Robert C. Bartlett And Susan D. Collins 339 pp. The University of Chicago Press. $35. is favorably reviewed by HARRY V. JAFFA in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/books/review/book-review-aristotles-nicomachean-ethics.html?ref=books . 'Some time in the 1920s, the Conservative statesman F. E. Smith — Lord Birkenhead — gave a copy of the “Nicomachean Ethics” to his close friend Winston Churchill. He did so saying there were those who thought this was the greatest book of all time. Churchill returned it some weeks later, saying it was all very interesting, but he had already thought most of it out for himself. But it is the very genius of Aristotle — as it is of every great teacher — to make you think he is uncovering your own thought in his. In Churchill’s case, it is also probable that the classical tradition informed more of his upbringing, at home and at school, than he realized. In 1946, in a letter to the philosopher Karl Löwith, Leo Strauss mentioned how difficult it had been for him to understand Aristotle’s account of magnanimity, greatness of soul, in Book 4 of the “Ethics.” The difficulty was resolved when he came to realize that Churchill was a perfect example of that virtue. So Churchill helped Leo Strauss understand Aristotle! That is perfectly consistent with Aristotle’s telling us it does not matter whether one describes a virtue or someone characterized by that virtue. Where the “Ethics” stands among the greatest of all great books perhaps no one can say. That Aristotle’s text, which explores the basis of the best way of human life, belongs on any list of such books is indisputable.' <end of excerpt>
  6. Just got back from the homeschool convention and my favorite product was these great Latin root vocabulary flash cards from Avenues of the Mind. My guys are begging me for them and they are memorizing the words and roots so fast. The images are amazing and make it so much fun. I am thinking of ordering their middle school and high philosophy curriculum now. I wish I had bought it at the convention. Has anyone used it yet..I know it is new but was just wondering? Thanks Solly
  7. I'm trying to put together some ideas for a sequence of philosophy classes, also an area I'd like to use for self-education. Right now we're using Philosophy for Kids and will add in Aristotle for Everybody as soon as I can find the book. Next year I thought we'd add in Sophie's World and maybe Boorstin's The Seekers or Magee's Story of Philosophy. Could we then safely move into some of the original works of the philosophers, perhaps using Story of Philosophy as an outline? If you have to pick only a few philosophers to study whom would you pick? TIA
  8. and my 11 yo dd and 9yo ds are glued to it! Someone on these boards recommended it as a good introduction to philosophy and, so far, I wholeheartedly agree! It thrills me to hear them joining in adult discussions about the Greek philosophers and their ideas and it gives me real hope that we will be able to read the original writings with interest and success. :001_smile:
  9. If you include books for Philosophy credit for high school, whether integrated such as with TOG or other curriculum, or treated as a separate course, what books do you include? I've read from the tags on philosophy that many use Sophie's World which I do have. I have the following books/potential books in mind: Sophie's World The Story of Philosophy (Magee) THe Story of Philosophy (Durant) The Last Days of Socrates The Prince Candide 2nd Treatise on Civil Government Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Poetics) Aristotle for Everybody (Adler) Meditations I'll probably buy The Republic (Plato) I was also considering Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" and Rousseau's The Social Contract. Also, we are reading a biography on Francis Bacon this year as well as his essays. All of this seems too heavy. I need to scale back, I think. If anything I would love to know the essentials, and then, of course, if dd has an interest here we could always add something back. My plan would be to integrate/spread this out over all 4 years of high school. Please help me narrow this down. What would be most essential to cover and how much credit could I assign for it? I really love the help I get here. I cannot find this type of help anywhere else. Thank you!!
  10. This is a book someone here recommended and I bought it. It's been an amazing book so far, a marvelous introduction to philosophy! It's about 500 pages long and I'm just about 150 pages into it. In the fall, my dd will be in 8th adn we are starting a final history round with the ancients. I'm going to have her read this, at least as far as I've already gone, since that takes us up to the middle ages. I'm sure it wouldn't stand alone as a high school philosopy course, but it's a fun and very interesting read and I'm hoping it helps set the tone for a late logic/early rhetoric stage of history. I've taken 16 pages of notes so far and now I'm trying to figure out how to use them! Anyone have ideas about taking information and turning it into a unit? Jeri
  11. Does anyone have a list of extra books you have used with Sophie's World?? I am thinking it would work out nicely to spread out the Smarr Intro to Philosophy into a year long course and use it as a springboard to our Literature and Writing assignments for the year....ala Great Books. DS is just finishing up his 2nd rotation and needs a year "off" from Ancients...as in GAG!!! Please ...no more Greeks!!! HAHAHA!!! Anyway, I don't think he will be too damages if we do a 2 year cycle in 11th and 12th and take 10th grade to study Philosophy, Economics and Geography...so.... Anyway...I am just exhausted and tossing all kids of crazy..."what do I do next year??" questions out there. Thanks for your patience:D Faithe
  12. Course recommendations?? Textbooks? Reading lists?? Anyone ever do this?? I'd like some info...help! Faithe
  13. I've probably asked this before, and I'm pretty sure it will come down to a matter of what each family thinks to be of more import....but....if your dc were going into 12th grade and didn't really care to study economics, would you make them, or would you give them other choices? I am looking at either Sowell's Basic Economics, 3rd edition or Smarr's Philosophy course (we use Smarr literature and it works well for dd) I think both would be good courses.....both would be interesting.....which would be the better choice? And why? BTW, dd thinks the Philosophy sounds like the better course to her (content sounds more interesting to her), so right off the bat that one is on the top right now.... Main reason for the discussion is older dd (in college right now) says that one semester of economics on the high school level is worthless and a waste of time; that it should only be studied at the college level. I've read others that agree with her statement....so.... What thinks the Hive?
  14. Has anyone used Sophies World as a spine for a Philosophy course?? If so, what other books did you use and how did you schedule it?? I can see this book as a really fun spine. Is there a course that uses this book or has anyone else here used this book for a spine?? Comments on it?? Thanks, Faithe
  15. I recently read bits and pieces of Sophie's World and I was wondering about your opinions on using this to quickly cover some philosophy. I was not going to get into major discussions over each philosopher covered in the books, but rather just give it to my 18 year old and see what he thought, and maybe just print out a basic worksheet for him to fill in (or, set of worksheets). Those of you who have read it, did you find the info it contains to be accurate, as far as the descriptions of the various philosophies? Any other comments?
  16. I would like to put together a 1 semester philosophy course for my 11th grader next year. I never took philosophy in high school or college, and I need some ideas. Thanks! Veronica
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