Philosophy Textbooks


Read more about Ethics for A-Level

Ethics for A-Level

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributors: Dimmock and Fisher

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY

What does pleasure have to do with morality? What role, if any, should intuition have in the formation of moral theory? If something is ‘simulated', can it be immoral?

(5 reviews)


Read more about Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributor: Van Cleave

Publisher: Matthew J. Van Cleave

License: CC BY

This is an introductory textbook in logic and critical thinking. The goal of the textbook is to provide the reader with a set of tools and skills that will enable them to identify and evaluate arguments. The book is intended for an introductory course that covers both formal and informal logic. As such, it is not a formal logic textbook, but is closer to what one would find marketed as a “critical thinking textbook.”

(10 reviews)


Read more about A Concise Introduction to Logic

A Concise Introduction to Logic

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributor: DeLancey

Publisher: Open SUNY

License: CC BY-NC-SA

A 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. This text takes the unique approach of teaching logic through intellectual history; the author uses examples from important and celebrated arguments in philosophy to illustrate logical principles. The text also includes a basic introduction to findings of advanced logic. As indicators of where the student could go next with logic, the book closes with an overview of advanced topics, such as the axiomatic method, set theory, Peano arithmetic, and modal logic. Throughout, the text uses brief, concise chapters that readers will find easy to read and to review.

(4 reviews)


Read more about Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights

Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributor: Nobis

Publisher: Open Philosophy Press

License: CC BY-SA

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?

(12 reviews)


Read more about Modern Philosophy

Modern Philosophy

Copyright Year: 2013

Contributor: Ott

Publisher: BCcampus

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This is a textbook in modern philosophy. It combines readings from primary sources with two pedagogical tools. Paragraphs in italics introduce figures and texts. Numbered study questions (also in italics) ask students to reconstruct an argument or position from the text, or draw connections among the readings. And I have added an introductory chapter (Chapter 0 – Minilogic and Glossary), designed to present the basic tools of philosophy and sketch some principles and positions. The immediate goal is to encourage students to grapple with the ideas rather than passing their eyes over the texts. This makes for a better classroom experience and permits higher-level discussions. Another goal is to encourage collaboration among instructors, as they revise and post their own versions of the book.

(5 reviews)


Read more about Open Logic Project

Open Logic Project

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributors: Zach, Arana, Avigad, Dean, Russell, Wyatt, and Yap

Publisher: Open Logic Text

License: CC BY

The Open Logic Text is an open-source, collaborative textbook of formal meta-logic and formal methods, starting at an intermediate level (i.e., after an introductory formal logic course). Though aimed at a non-mathematical audience (in particular, students of philosophy and computer science), it is rigorous.

(1 review)


Read more about The Intelligent Troglodyte’s Guide to Plato’s Republic

The Intelligent Troglodyte’s Guide to Plato’s Republic

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributor: Drabkin

Publisher: A.T. Still University

License: CC BY

The Republic of Plato is one of the classic gateway texts into the study and practice of philosophy, and it is just the sort of book that has been able to arrest and redirect lives. How it has been able to do this, and whether or not it will be able to do this in your own case, is something you can only discover for yourself. The present guidebook aims to help a person get fairly deep, fairly quickly, into the project. It divides the dialogue into 96 sections and provides commentary on each section as well as questions for reflection and exploration. It is organized with a table of contents and is stitched together with a system of navigating bookmarks. Links to external sites such as the Perseus Classical Library are used throughout. This book is suitable for college courses or independent study.

(7 reviews)


Read more about An Introduction to Formal Logic

An Introduction to Formal Logic

Copyright Year: 2012

Contributor: Magnus

Publisher: Fecundity

License: CC BY-SA

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.

(9 reviews)


Read more about Realism in Practice: An Appraisal

Realism in Practice: An Appraisal

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Orsi, Avgustin, Nurnus, Beer, Casla, Craig, Dawood, Hariman, Lebow, Lee, McGlinchey, Murray, Pashakhanlou, Peterson, Rauch, Rosch, Simpson, Valeriano, and Wivel

Publisher: Independent

License: CC BY-NC

The purpose of this book is to appraise the current relevance and validity of realism as an interpretative tool in contemporary International Relations. All chapters of the book are animated by a theoretical effort to define the conceptual aspects of realism and attempt to establish whether the tradition still provides the necessary conceptual tools to scholars. The chapters address important issues in contemporary world politics through the lens of realist theory such as the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East; the war against ISIS; the appearance of non-state actors and outlaw agents; the rise of China; cyberwarfare; human rights and humanitarian law. The collection also provides insights on some of the theoretical tenets of classical and structural realism. Overall, the collection shows that, in spite of its many shortcomings, realism still offers a multifaceted understanding of world politics and enlightens the increasing challenges of world politics.

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