(Updated February 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
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.
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).
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)
- Accessibility checks
- Formatting in Pressbooks
- Promoting course adoptions
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
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!
RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTORS
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:
CURRENT PROJECT TEAM
@clhendricksbc (lead author), @apurva (rebus proj manager), @dmgile, @beau.branson, @benjamin.martin, @heathersalazarom, @geoslack @brian561 @palmaadriano and many more … including you?