Faculty of Arts

Philosophy

The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy

By:  Jeff McLaughlin, Thompson Rivers University

This peer-reviewed, open textbook provides readers with an appreciation and understanding of philosophy framed by the very words and ideas of those who have shaped our thinking over the centuries.

Includes: primary source documents.

Attribution:  The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy by Jeff McLaughlin is licences under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International License.

An Introduction to Philosophy

By: W. Russ Payne, Bellevue College

This peer-reviewed open textbook presents philosophy to newcomers as a living discipline with historical roots. Early chapters are historically organized, to help trace a developmental progression of thought that introduce basic philosophical methods and frames issues that remain relevant today.

Includes: instructor resources.

Attribution:  An Introduction to Philosophy by W. Russ Payne is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC)  4.0 International License.

Analyzing Meaning: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

This open textbook provides an introduction to the study of meaning in human language, from a linguistic perspective including foundational concepts, word meanings, implicature (including indirect speech acts), compositional semantics, modals, conditionals, and causation and tense & aspect.

Includes: instructor resources.

Modern Philosophy

By: Walter Ott and Alex Dunn

This well reviewed open textbook in modern philosophy combines readings from primary sources with two pedagogical tools.

Attribution:  Modern Philosophy by Walter Ott and Alex Dunn is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike  (CC BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy

By: Jody Ondich, Lake Superior College

Words of Wisdom can come from anyone. In this text we discuss topics ranging from “Are Humans good by nature?” to “Is there a God?” to “Do I have the right to my own opinion?” Philosophy is the study of wisdom, and can emerge in our conversations in social media, in school, around the family dinner table, and even in the car. The text uses materials that are 2,500 years old, and materials that were in the news this year. Wise people come in all shapes and types, and from every culture on earth. We have poetry and folktales, sacred writings and letters. Dialogues and interviews, news columns, Ted Talks, You Tube recordings and even comedy are all a part of the content in this text.

Attribution:  Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy by Jody Ondich is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike  (CC BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

Logic and Critical Thinking

Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

By: Matthew J. Van Cleave, Lansing Community College

This is an introductory textbook in logic and critical thinking, aimed at providing the reader with a set of tools and skills that will enable them to identify and evaluate arguments.

Includes: exercises.

Attribution:  Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking by Matthew J. Van Cleave is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International License.

A Concise Introduction to Logic

Concise Introduction to Logic is an introduction to formal logic suitable for undergraduates taking a general education course in logic or critical thinking, and is accessible and useful to any interested in gaining a basic understanding of logic.

Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

By: George Matthews, Plymouth State University and Christina Hendricks, University of British Columbia

This text examines some of the main threads of discussion on judgments about good and bad, right and wrong.  It considers basic questions about moral and ethical judgment: Is there such a thing as something that is really right or really wrong independent of time, place and perspective? What is the relationship between religion and ethics? How can we reconcile self-interest and ethics? Is it ever acceptable to harm one person in order to help others? 

Attribution:  Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics by George Matthews and Christina Hendricks is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International License.

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Examples:  Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Tartuffe

Project Gutenberg

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