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Noam Chomsky                                      Sir Thomas Moore             Abraham Maslow
Aristotle                                                 C.S. Lewis                          John Zerzan
Ralph Waldo Emerson                           Immanuel Kant                   Machiavelli
Allan Bloom                                           Soren Kierkegaard             Jean Paul Sartre
William James                                        Socrates                              Cicero
Plato                                                        G.K. Chesterton                 David Hume
Jean Jacques Rousseau                           Diogenes                            Gustav Guiterez
B.F.Skinner                                             Jonh Rawls                       Simone De Bouvoir 
Henry David Thoreau                            Michel Sandel                   Last but not least
Herbert Marcuse                                    Edward Wilson                  Jesus
Sigmund Freud                                      Ernest Becker
Sheldon Wollin                                      Erich Fromm
St. Augustine                                         Martin Heidegger
St. Thomas Aquinas                              Viktor Frankl
St. Bonaventure                                      J.S.Mill
Jean Vanier                                             George Berkeley
Henry Nouwin                                        Thomas Paine
Arthur Schopenhauer                              Simone Weil


You will be a test on the presentations after they are all done based on each presentation so make sure you are there for each one. There will be a mandatory section on the exam based on the presentations.
Please email me at if you need any help in your preparation for your presentations.
PERIOD 1                                                    
Jan 10th-Natalie, Jacob,Justin                        
Jan11th-Sarah K. Julian, Lauren                    
Jan12th-Lindsay, Cody, Abbie                       
Jan13th-Owen,Sarah H., Alex L                    
Period 2                                                          
Jan10th-Alex H., Alessandra, Jacob              
Jan11th-Arlo,Issac, Thomas                           
Jan12th-Sam, Shane,  Alex                        
Jan13th-Nic Br., Shawn, Cassidy                   
Jan16th-James T,James L.,Osa                       
Jan17th-Aidan, Kaity, Katrina, Murilo           
Jan18th-Nick Ba, Alicia, Scott,Owen            
Period 4                                                            
Jan 10th- Matt N., Maria, Sylvie                     
Jan11th- Lyndsey, Maggie, Shayna                 
Jan12th-Daniella, Alex, Jordan C.                  
Jan13th-Jordan T.,Braden,Iain                         
Jan16th-Rowan, Kenzie, Adam                        
Jan17th-Josh,Joey, Michaela                            
Jan18th-Aidan, Rachel, Sheridan                     
Jan19th-Justin, Vicky, Sarah T.                        

Test Date will be Wednesday, December 14th

Social Philosophy

Apporimately 40 multiple choice, 2 long answers pick one possible topics: Rousseau, Locke, Classical Liberalism, Welfare Liberalism, Marx, Hegel

Hobbes-social contract
Locke-social contract
Rousseau-social contract
Feminist critique private, public sphere
Strict Egalitarianism
Less Strict Egalitarianism
Justice as merit
Justice as social utility
Justice as liberty
Socialist Principle
J.S. Mill
John Rawls-social contract
Natural Law
Martin Luther King
Positive rights
Negative rights
Legal Positivists
Political Realism
Just War theory conditions
Jus ad bellum
Jus in bello
9 conditions

Parable Assignment Due Monday Dec. 5th

Students to pick four parables and interpret them. Each interpretation must be 250 words in length and double-spaced. The write up must be type- written, letter size 12 with a title page. Students will then present their assignments to the class later in the week.

Distributive Justice and Sicko

Watch the movie Sicko and apply the principals of Distributive Justice to the United States

Locke and Rousseau

How did two philosophers with such differing views on human nature both have such an impact on revolutions? Locke's impact on the American Revolution and Rousseau's influence on the French Revolution was profound. How do we see the impact of their respective philosophies on the United States and France today? Locke justified private property and by extension the atomistic view of self while Rousseau justified common ownership and by extension communitarianism.

Grade Nine Debate Monday Nov. 28th

Students will be assigned a group to debate the following resolutions:

Be it resolved:

Global Warming is a Myth

Torture is justified

It is unethical to eat meat

Juveniles should be treated as adults in court

Recycling is a waste of time and money

Human beings are too dependent on computers

Beauty Pageants are degrading to women 

In groups on three each student will present their argument to the class for a minimum of two minutes

What is Altruism? Does it really exist?

This question has plagued psychologists, philosophers, and theologians. Although it may seem obvious that it does indeed exist, closer examination reveals a different conclusion.  

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Assignment Due Monday Nov. 21st Late Assignments will not be accepted . They must be printed off as well and handed in to me

In a reflection paper of two pages double spaced type written students are to relate the story of Bonhoeffer to the key terms found in chapter 6 of the text .i..e  justice, compassion, love your neighbor as yourself, preferential option for the poor and meek. A third title page must also be included with the title Bonhoeffer, Agent of Grace. your name, student number, my name, and date submitted. If you are absent Monday you must send it to me by email.

The Ring Of Gyges

Is the compulsion to be moral based on reward and punishment? This is the question raised from the Ring of Gyges. Would a man go beyond the bounds of moral action if he possessed a ring that could render him invisible? In keeping with the philosophy of Hegel and that of Russell, I would say no. Hegel observes in his master/slave dialectic that what human beings desire most out of existence is recognition from others; something we often fail to recognize hence the master/slave struggle. The only things of intrinsic value in life are food clothing and shelter, as Russell observes. Everything else has a value that is based upon the opinion of people who determine value. A diamond ring is more valuable that a common stone ultimately because the vast majority consider it more valuable. This is also true of everything else as well.

If one were to have such a ring a go about stealing, the thing stolen would not have any tangible value especially in light of the fact that it was attained through ill begotten means. The recognition that we all desire for our own self-worth would never be achieved, for we would know that society does not truly recognize as worthy of recognition because of our deception. Consequently, we would either throw the ring away or use it to do good. 

Therefore, morality is not simply dependent upon rewards and punishment, but upon the recognition of others of our worth and our own self-worth. This it would seem is the basis for morality. However, does this remove our motivation for doing good beyond self-interest? No I don't think it does. But in the final analysis as long as we benefit others through our actions it doesn't really matter.   


OBJECTIVE: Students will research a THEIST OR NON-THEIST thinker assigned by the teacher in order to gain an insightful understanding of the history of thought for themselves and the class.
PROCEDURE: In a presentation of 6 minutes for grade 9 and 10 minutes for grade 12 students are to present their findings to the class. The presentation should be structured in the following manner: 1. Provide an historical context of the thinker. 2. Explain the main thought of the thinker. 3. Provide a critique of thinker. Students are to use their own words in their presentation. Any quotes are paraphrase must be sourced. Any part of the presentation that is not sourced or put into the students own words will be considered plagiarism and the students will receive no mark for their presentation. Students must provide a visual within their presentation in the form of power point. No videos are to be included for grade 9. Videos are to included for grade 12. No cue cards or notes are to be used 

ASSESSMENT:Students will be assessed on the work they have put into the presentation during work periods during class. They will also be assessed on their ability to convey the subject matter in a clear concise manner. They will also be assessed on the organization of their presentation, as well as their analysis of the thinker's thought. All presentations must be presented in front of the class before the end of classes on January 23rd.