Project Summary & General Discussion: Introduction to Philosophy
Title: Introduction to Philosophy
Lead author/editor: Christina Hendricks, (UBC) / @clhendricksbc
Rebus project manager: Zoe Wake Hyde / @zoe
License: CC BY
Target audience: Undergraduate/general survey course for first year college or university
Target Release Date: Fall 2018 (tentative)
This Open Textbook will be targeted at first year (college or university) students, taking introductory survey courses in philosophy, and will touch on the foundational ideas in philosophical inquiry. The book will cover core concepts in Western philosophy, as well as other traditions.
This textbook looks to provide students with an introduction to the canon of Philosophy, giving them the basic framework needed to pursue higher-level courses. The book will be available for course adoptions in Philosophy survey courses around the world, with an expectation that future iterations or companion works can build on this starting point. The table of contents has been drafted, and we are currently looking for authors or section editors on this project.
We are currently looking for:
- Chapter authors for Ethics and Aesthetics sections
- Part editors – see the role details for more details
Get involved by joining the discussion on the sections and chapters, and signing up here!
As the project progresses, we will also need collaborators to help with:
- Chapter reviews
- 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 post below for 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 your participation. 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.
The Table of Contents is as follows:
Part 1: Metaphysics
Part 2: Logic
Part 3: Epistemology
Part 4: Aesthetics
Part 5: Social and Political Philosophy
Part 6: Ethics
Part 7: Philosophy of Science
Part 8: Philosophy of Mind
For a more extensive outline, see here.
Here’s a list of useful documents:
TWEET THIS PROJECT! (less than 140 chars, copy-paste into Twitter)
Help us make this Open Textbook: “Intro to Philosophy”, find out how to contribute here: http://bit.ly/introtophilo
CURRENT PROJECT TEAM*
@clhendricksbc (lead author), @zoe (rebus proj manager), @hugh, @ccuillier, @drrobertfarrow, @methylated.orange, @knachel, @fellows-jill, @kelseywiens, @rzach, @kmf.aho, @joll.nicholas, @scottarobison, @dr-wpdavis, @cliftows, @amybuckland, @bolaigeefealabi, @rzach, @irwin.devries, @paul.s.boswell, @baldur, @unfalsify, @pablo.markin, @jasonpuckett, @geoslack, @sebastian.higherlearning, @marykathleenb86, @adam, @jwermers, @twsh, @stevefoerster, @nicolewyatt, @stephen, @c-p-verdonschot, @jan-arreman, @brett-castellanos… and you?
I’m happy to circulate some kind of “call for participation” to our Philosophy department here at UW-Madison, if you or Christina have a brief precis I can share.
A brief or precis is on the way! We’ll be reaching out for specific participation soonish…
I’m reaching out to the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona
HI @ccuillier … can we arm-twist you into committing to proofreading one chapter from this book?
@swagstaff great – official call copy coming soon, to be distributed far & wide. stay tuned.
@hugh Yes! I’d be happy to proofread
@ccuillier awesome! thanks.
Count me in! Happy to contribute copy and/or help out with production.
@drrobertfarrow That’s fantastic! Looking forward to working with you.
Hi @clhendricksbc (and others) … here’s a proposal for a call to participate, what do you think?
Call for Open Textbook contributions:
An Introduction to Philosophy
Would you like to help create and publish an Open Textbook, “An Introduction to Philosophy,” and at the same time contribute to developing a new, collaborative model for publishing Open Textbooks?
“An Introduction to Philosophy”, in development by lead author Christina Hendricks (University of British Columbia), is one of a handful of Open Textbook projects being undertaken with the support of the Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation*.
We’re looking for people to volunteer time, with a variety of tasks envisaged, from chapter contributions, to proofreading and a host of other things. [UPDATED:] There will be space for everyone from tenured faculty to students to the general public to participate in the project, though chapters will be written by faculty or graduate students (preferably PhD students) in Philosophy.
Interested in helping? You can let us know by doing the following:
- Register at the Rebus Community, here:
- Read the Project page, and “Reply” with your interest here:
Or, if you have more questions you could send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Rebus Community is a project of the Rebus Foundation, a Canadian not-for-profit with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
- Register at the Rebus Community, here:
Would love to be involved in any way you see fit! Particularly interested in authoring, reviewing etc. Thanks! Beck Pitt
Thanks Beck! More to come soon.
I’m willing to be involved in some way, depending on time (of course). My expertise is in logic and language, though I’ve taught courses in metaphysics, epistemology, phil. of science, history of modern phil., even Asian religions.
@knachel Thanks! I will add you to the team ! We’ve yet to work out specifics of next steps … but that will be coming soon, we hope.