Project Summary

(Updated May 2024)

Title: Introduction to Philosophy
Lead author/editor: Christina Hendricks, (UBC) / @clhendricksbc
Rebus project manager: Apurva Ashok / @apurva
License: CC BY
Target audience: Undergraduate/general survey course for first year college or university
Subject: Philosophy
Release Dates:
Philosophy of Mind: published September 2019
Ethics: published December 2019
Logic: published November 2020
Philosophy of Religion: published December 2020
Aesthetics: published December 2021
Epistemology: published August 2021

This open textbook series is targeted at first year (college or university) students taking introductory survey courses in philosophy, and focuses on foundational ideas in philosophical inquiry in order to give them the basic framework needed to pursue higher-level courses. The books cover core concepts in Western philosophy, as well as other traditions.

The audience for the books is students who have not taken any philosophy courses before, and are entirely new to the discipline. Some students in introductory-level philosophy courses may of course have done previous work in philosophy, but the books do not assume any prior knowledge and are written in an accessible way for those unfamiliar with philosophical terms and traditions.


Peer reviewer
We are seeking one peer reviewer for the Metaphysics book in the series. We have one already and would like to have one more. We are looking for someone with either an MA or PhD in philosophy, and who has teaching experience at the first-year level.

Chapter authors
We will soon be seeking chapter authors for the Philosophy of Science book. A new book editor has just started and will be working with existing authors to finalize their contributions, as well as seeking new authors to write chapters that are not yet claimed (see the table of contents spreadsheet for the books for a list of chapters in this book and authors so far).

Book Editor
We are seeking an editor for the Social and Political philosophy book, as the previous editor stepped away from the project. Please go to the link for the book for more information.

Other contributions
We also need collaborators to help with:

  • Copy editing
  • Peer review (we will need peer reviewers for Philosophy of Science, and Social and Political Philosophy, when draft chapters for those books are ready)
  • Proofreading
  • Accessibility checks
  • Formatting in Pressbooks
  • Marketing
  • Promoting course adoptions

If you’re excited by this project, but still not sure where you’d like to get involved, just sign up to the forum, and introduce yourself in the volunteer sign-up thread. You can also follow the main project thread to receive project updates. Give us an idea of your background, particular area of expertise, and interests. We’ll follow up and make sure we find ways to have you participate!

This project couldn’t happen without the participation of many people giving their time and effort so that no one person has to do a great deal. All contributing authors will be credited prominently in their chapter, the book, the metadata and promotional materials. All editors, reviewers and other contributors will also be credited.

Here’s a list of useful documents:

@clhendricksbc (lead author), @apurva (rebus proj manager), @beau.branson, @benjamin.martin, @heathersalazarom, @geoslack @brian561 @palmaadriano and many more … including you?

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