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Philosophy

Open Books

  • Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights (Morehouse College)
    “This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why? We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.”
  • Critical Thinking: Primary Concepts
    By James DiGiovanna of John Jay College. “A short, free, Creative Commons-licensed text that’s useful for a brief (maybe 3 week?) critical thinking section in any intro philosophy or composition course.”
  • Ethics Open Textbook
    by Stephen O’ Sullivan, Suffolk County Community College, and Philip A. Pecorino, Queensborough Community College
  • forallX: an Introduction to Formal Logic (SUNY Albany)
    By P.D. Magnus, PhD of the University of Albany. forall x is an introduction to sentential logic and first-order predicate logic with identity, logical systems that significantly influenced twentieth-century analytic philosophy. After working through the material in this book, a student should be able to understand most quantified expressions that arise in their philosophical reading.”‘
  • Form and Content: An Introduction to Formal Logic (Connecticut College)
    “Derek Turner, Professor of Philosophy, has written an introductory logic textbook that students […] can access for free. The book differs from other standard logic textbooks in its reliance on fun, low-stakes examples involving dinosaurs, a dog and his friends, etc.”
  • Fundamental Methods of Logic Book (Univ. of Wisconsin – Milwaukee)
    By Matthew Knachel. “Fundamental Methods of Logic is suitable for a one-semester introduction to logic/critical reasoning course. It covers a variety of topics at an introductory level. Chapter One introduces basic notions, such as arguments and explanations, validity and soundness, deductive and inductive reasoning; it also covers basic analytical techniques, such as distinguishing premises from conclusions and diagramming arguments. Chapter Two discusses informal logical fallacies. Chapters Three and Four concern deductive logic, introducing the basics of Aristotelian and Sentential Logic, respectively. Chapter Five deals with analogical and causal reasoning, including a discussion of Mill’s Methods. Chapter Six covers basic probability calculations, Bayesian inference, fundamental statistical concepts and techniques, and common statistical fallacies.”
  • Introduction to Philosophy
    By Philip A. Pecorino, Queensborough Community College
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
    “We often make judgments about good and bad, right and wrong. Philosophical ethics is the critical examination of these and other concepts central to how we evaluate our own and each others’ behavior and choices. This text examines some of the main threads of discussion on these topics that have developed over the last couple of millenia, mostly within the Western cultural tradition.”
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Logic
    “Introduction to Philosophy: Logic provides students with the concepts and skills necessary to identify and evaluate arguments effectively. The chapters, all written by experts in the field, provide an overview of what arguments are, the different types of arguments one can expect to encounter in both philosophy and everyday life, and how to recognise common argumentative mistakes.”
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind
    Edited by Heather Salazar.“Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind surveys the central themes in philosophy of mind and places them in a historical and contemporary context intended to engage first-time readers in the field. It focuses on debates about the status and character of the mind and its seemingly subjective nature in an apparently more objective world.”
  • Logical Reasoning Open Textbook
    By Bradley H. Dowden of California State University – Sacramento. Updated September 2018.
  • Plato’s ‘Republic’: An Introduction
    “This book is a lucid and accessible companion to Plato’s Republic, throwing light upon the text’s arguments and main themes, placing them in the wider context of the text’s structure. […] Plato’s ‘Republic’: An Introduction offers a rigorous and thought-provoking analysis of the text, helping readers navigate one of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and political theory. With its approachable tone and clear presentation, it constitutes a welcome contribution to the field, and will be an indispensable resource for philosophy students and teachers, as well as general readers new to, or returning to, the text.”
  • Additional Philosophy Textbooks by Phil Pecorino of Queensborough Community College

Open Courses

  • Introduction to Philosophy Course (North Seattle Community College)
    Click “Browse” to access Course Modules and Resources. “This high discussion online course confronts the big questions human beings have struggled with for millennia, and engages in dialog with some of the world’s greatest thinkers and seekers. When you are done with the course you will be familiar with the terminology, chronology and conceptual language of some of the great philosophical traditions and will be able to knowledgeably discuss the ideas introduced by Plato, the British empiricists, Arthur Schopenhauer and others.”
  • Philosophy Courses (Open Yale)
    Courses include “Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature” and “Death.”
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