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Open Books

  • Logical Reasoning Open Textbook
    By Bradley H. Dowden of California State University – Sacramento. Updated September 2018.
  • Introduction to Philosophy Textbook
    By Philip A. Pecorino, Queensborough Community College
  • Ethics Open Textbook
    by Stephen O’ Sullivan, Suffolk County Community College, and Philip A. Pecorino, Queensborough Community College
  • Additional Philosophy Textbooks by Phil Pecorino of Queensborough Community College
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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: 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.”
  • 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.”

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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