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Open source materials for teaching philosophy (UNESCO Bangkok)

RUSHSAP's programmes for teaching of philosophy cover a broad range of approaches, including formal and non-formal education. UNESCO has always been closely linked to philosophy, not speculative or normative philosophy, but critical questioning which enables it to give meaning to life and action in the international context.

1) Non-formal education is being promoted by a number of the UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors (Refer to their individual action plans).

2) Papers on environmental philosophy include the UNESCO Repository of Ethical Worldviews of Nature, and are avaiiable.The repository is global and a number of conference papers are available from meetings in Asia and the Pacific.  A Conference on Indigenous African Knowledge Systems and Environmental Ethics is being prepared in 2013.

3) For information on the summaries of goals of teaching in different countries in Asia and the Pacific please refer to the website from the high level meeting on philosophy teaching that was convened, and the regional action plan for promotion of teaching philosophy.

4) There are collections of papers including both original articles and reviews relevant to teaching of philosophy in the publications of the Dialogues that RUSHSAP is coordinating. There is also a number of open source materials available for teaching of bioethics and applied ethics here.

5) Participation in the conferences and follow up to the Declarations being convened by Multiversity. Most recently see the papers from the 2012 International Conference on “University Leadership for Integrating Knowledge Diversity for Sustainability” Sub-themes: Regenerating Social Science with (1) Locally Relevant (Indigenous) Knowledge Systems and (2) Sustainability Principles.

6) Discussions with CIPSH - ICPHS (Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines / International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies) and coordination of meetings and projects, including with collaborating Centres and Institutes. The ICPHS is a non-governmental organisation within UNESCO, which federates hundreds of different learned societies in the field of philosophy, human sciences and related subjects. The ICPHS coordinates the international works and researches carried out by a huge constellation of centres and networks of scholars. It favours the exchange of knowledge among faraway scholars and fosters the international circulation of scholars, in order to improve the communication among specialists from different disciplines, enforce a better knowledge of cultures and of the different social, individual and collective behaviours and bring to the fore the richness of each culture and their fruitful diversity.

7) Other materials and links

This page is under development for a collection of open source materials for teaching philosophy.The following links are a start for readers and teachers (They are not specifically endorsed, but RUSHSAP promotes diversity of sources and knowledge traditions):

 Secondary School philosophy resources (over 350 links are on TES).

Philosophy teacher blogspot

African philosophy resources

Wisdom stories

Wisdom Pearls

Afghan Wisdom Stories

New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers

Association for Philosophy in Schools (West Australia, also many links)

Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (Australia)

Wisdom Stories and Martial Arts

Philosophy for Children (Links)

 Persons who wish to send new materials or comments should write to Prof. Darryl Macer, email: rushsap.bgk (at) unesco.org. There is also ongoing research related to the evaluation and development of teaching philosophy. We also welcome donors who have interest in supporting the work of UNESCO.

There is further introduction to Philosophy teaching at UNESCO Paris home page. Regional publications were produced by UNESCO, including the main issues and challenges addressed during each meeting, and regional recommendations.  The publications can be downloaded from that website::

            Teaching Philosophy in Latin America and the Caribbean

            Teaching Philosophy in the Arab Region

            Teaching Philosophy in Asia and the Pacific

            Teaching Philosophy in Africa: Anglophone Countries

            Teaching Philosophy in Africa: Francophone Countries 

            Teaching Philosophy in Europe and North America

Date last modified: 4 April 2013.