Walton et al., Introducing Political Philosophy, 1e Student Resources

Below is a list of reliable online resources that can be used to further investigate, and reflect upon, the topics covered in this book and other areas of political philosophy.

General introduction to political philosophy:

Harvard University’s Justice Course with Michael Sandel: http://justiceharvard.org/

For something a little different, you can watch this series of online lectures given by Harvard professor Michael Sandel, in which he discusses issues around democracy and human rights. As this is a video series, it should not be cited in essays as a source but it may be useful for getting to grips with a topic and offers some valuable food for thought.

Online sources for detailed academic insight:

Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: https://iep.utm.edu/home/about/

The IEP is a compilation of peer reviewed, online articles written by academic scholars, covering an extensive range of subjects in philosophy very broadly. You can search by category using the drop-down menu on the left of the page - for example, there are sections on ‘political philosophy’ and ‘ethics’, where you will find a number of relevant articles, including (but not limited to) ‘interventionism’, ‘human rights’ and ‘toleration’. You can also search by author or simply type in keywords.

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/

Like the IEP above, the SEP is an online encyclopaedia which covers topics both in political philosophy and philosophy more broadly. Each article is written by an expert author and the peer review process used is the same as is used in academic journals, there is a link to ‘author information’ on each page so you can easily cite an article if you reference it in your own work. The entries also contain a full bibliography so you can further explore relevant literature.


Justice Everywhere: http://justice-everywhere.org/

The Justice Everywhere blog contains numerous articles authored by experts in the field of political philosophy. These entries cover a wide-range of topics, from animal and climate ethics through to gender, rights, war and justice in the workplace, among others. Although written by experts, the entries are designed to be read by a broad audience and are very accessible. The blog also contains links to recommended podcasts and other relevant blogs.

Ordinary Philosophy: https://ordinaryphilosophy.com/

This blog by PhD student Amy Cools discusses issues in philosophy as a broad discipline, but includes discussions on topics in ‘justice’, ‘human rights’, ‘sex and sexuality’ and ‘politics’. She also provides links to other blogs which may be of interest.

The American Philosophical Association:


The above link will take you to a long list of blog and podcast options. Of particular note are options for podcasts and blogs on feminism, the importance of ‘public’ philosophy and contemporary issues in political philosophy. 


Philosophy Bites: https://philosophybites.com/

Philosophy Bites is a podcast series run by philosophers Nigel Warburton and David Edmunds. In each episode, one of the hosts interviews another philosopher on a specific topic in their research. There is also an accompanying book published by Oxford University Press. The podcast has over 300 episodes to date, with a list of categories listed on the right-hand side of the homepage. Useful episodes to explore may include ‘equality’, ‘euthanasia’ and ‘free speech’, for example.

In Our Time: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl

This podcast covers a wide range of topics in history, culture, religion and science. There is a section on the website where you can access all of the ‘philosophy’ episodes. The podcast is hosted by Melvin Bragg and each episode features engaging discussions with a small group of academics. There are over 900 episodes on the website and they are currently available for an indefinite period.

Peer-reviewed, academic journals:

Below is a selection of reliable academic journals which will be especially useful when it comes to writing essays, or for other activities which require references from the literature. They will also provide more detailed accounts or arguments related to the issue at hand than a blog or magazine article. This list is not exhaustive but is instead designed to give you an introduction to some of the most well-regarded journals in the field.

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Journal of Applied Philosophy
Philosophy Compass
Philosophy and Public Affairs
Social Philosophy and Policy


Philosopher’s Magazine:


The Philosopher’s Magazine provides accessible articles on current, everyday issues such as animal ethics, sex and gender issues and democracy. It features interviews with, and articles by, professional philosophers. There is also a link on the webpage to some philosophy games for you to try!

The Economist: https://www.economist.com/

Despite its title, The Economist is much more versatile than a simple economics magazine. It covers a number of political issues which relate both to the topics covered in this book and other areas of philosophical interest, such as democracy, free expression and rights.