11 Philosophy

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.

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 Logic and Critical Thinking

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.

An Introduction to Philosophy

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.

Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice

Authors: Yuriko Saito; Ruth Sonderegger; Ines Kleesattel; Elizabeth Burns Coleman; Elizabeth Scarbrough; Matteo Ravasio; Xiao Ouyang; Richard Hudson-Miles; Andrew Broadey; Pierre Fasula; Alexander Westenberg; Matthew Sharpe; Valery Vino (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Editors: Valery Vino (Book Editor) and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Description: Aesthetic Theory and Practice offers fresh perspectives on canonical and emerging topics in aesthetics, and also brings attention to a number of culturally sensitive topics that are customarily silenced in introductions to philosophical aesthetics. The papers are heterogeneous in terms of length and degrees of difficulty, inviting the reader into the study of contemporary aesthetics, which spans a lifetime.

Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

Authors: Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere; Douglas Giles; Ya-Yun (Sherry) Kao; Michael Klenk; Joseph Kranak; Kathryn MacKay; Jeffrey Morgan; Paul Rezkalla; George Matthews (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Editors: George Matthews and Christina Hendricks

Description: 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: Epistemology

Authors:  Guy Axtell; Brian C. Barnett; Todd R. Long; Jonathan Lopez; Daniel Massey; Monica C. Poole; William D. Rowley; K. S. Sangeetha; Brian C. Barnett (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Editors: Brian C. Barnett and Christina Hendricks

Description: Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology engages first-time philosophy readers on a guided tour through the core concepts, questions, methods, arguments, and theories of epistemology—the branch of philosophy devoted to the study of knowledge. The book progresses systematically while placing key ideas and thinkers in historical and contemporary context. Central topics include the analysis of knowledge, the nature of epistemic justification, rationalism vs. empiricism, skepticism, the value of knowledge, the ethics of belief, Bayesian epistemology, social epistemology, and feminist epistemologies.

Introduction to Philosophy: Logic

Authors: Bahram Assadian; Matthew Knachel; Cassiano Terra Rodrigues; Michael Shaffer; Nathan Smith; Benjamin Martin (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Editors: Benjamin Martin and Christina Hendricks

Description: 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

Authors: Eran Asoulin; Paul Richard Blum; Tony Cheng; Daniel Haas; Jason Newman; Henry Shevlin; Elly Vintiadis; Heather Salazar (Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Editors: Heather Salazar and Christina Hendricks

Description: 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.

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion

Authors: Beau Branson; Marcus William Hunt; Timothy D. Knepper; Robert Sloan Lee; Steven Steyl; Hans Van Eyghen; Beau Branson (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)

Editors: Beau Branson and Christina Hendricks

Description: Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion introduces some of the major traditional arguments for and against the existence of God, as well as some less well-known, but thought-provoking arguments for the existence of God, and one of the most important new challenges to religious belief from the Cognitive Science of Religion. An introductory chapter traces the connection between philosophy and religion throughout Western history, and a final chapter addresses the place of non-Western and non-monotheistic religions within contemporary philosophy of religion.

Modern Philosophy

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

Philosophical Thought

Editor: Heather Wilburn, Ph.D.

Description: Philosophical Thought: across cultures and through the ages, is an open-educational resource (OER) to be used as a collection of readings for introductory philosophy courses. The objectives for developing and sharing this open resource are three-fold:

  1. to provide a collection of philosophical works that can be used as a foundation for faculty and students to use in undergraduate philosophy courses
  2. to provide a resource that is free to students
  3. to provide a resource that compiles philosophical thought from a variety of cultures and eras

The works included in this book come from a wide range of sources. However, this book is indebted to Henry Imler’s editorial work on Sapienta and Phronesis, both of which are OER texts available on Pressbooks.

The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy

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.

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