Open Educational Resources and Philosophy

Open Educational Resources and Philosophy

Unless otherwise specified, all resources are texts. They have been organized in order based on the OERI Philosophy Discipline Lead’s subjective assessment of appropriateness for California Community College students. However, everything listed here would be appropriate in any college classroom teaching the respective course. If you are a CCC faculty using OER to teach a philosophy course that is not included here, please let us know.

 

Introduction to Philosophy (C-ID PHIL 100)

Texts

Introduction to Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2020); Introduction to Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2020) – LibreTexts (CC BY-SA)
A collection of classic and contemporary readings on such topics as skepticism, personal identity, philosophy of religion, and ethics. Designed for California Community College students.

An Introduction to Philosophy (Payne, 2015); An Introduction to Philosophy (Payne, 2015) – LibreTexts (CC BY-NC)
Traditional textbook covering topics including Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, and Social Justice. Designed for Washington State Community College students.

The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy (McLaughlin, 2017) (CC-BY)
Anthology of a broad range of traditional topics from classic readings.

Reading for Philosophical Inquiry: A Brief Introduction to Philosophical Thinking, An Open Source Reader (Archie and Archie, 2004) (CC BY-SA)
Anthology of a broad range of traditional topics from classic readings.

Online Collections of Interest

  • MIT Classics Archive: Many late 19th/early 20th century translations of Ancient Philosophy, especially Greek and Roman, as well as some Asian (Public Domain)
  • Early Modern Texts: Recent translations and updates of Early Modern Texts (Copyrighted, but with a license that resembles CC BY-NC; see website for licensing information)
  • Project Gutenberg: Numerous works in the public domain
  • Perseus Collection: Ancients, especially Greek and Latin, including the original Greek and Latin texts (Public Domain)

Introduction to Logic (C-ID PHIL 110)

Logic & Critical Thinking: An Open Educational Resource (Levin and Sheley, 2019) (CC BY-NC-ND)
Covers the basics of formal and informal logic, including fallacies, inductive logic, sentential logic, and natural deductions. Includes some exercises. Designed for California Community College students.

Fundamental Methods of Logic (Knachel, 2017); Fundamental Methods of Logic (Knachel, 2017) – LibreTexts (CC BY)
Covers the basics of formal and informal logic, including fallacies, inductive logic, and sentential logic. Includes some exercises.

Logical Reasoning (Dowden, 2020): Logical Reasoning (Dowden, 2020) – LibreTexts (CC BY-NC-SA)
Covers the basics of formal and informal logic, including fallacies, inductive logic, Aristotelian logic, and sentential logic. Includes some exercises. Designed for CSU students.

Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (Van Cleave, 2017); Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (Van Cleave, 2017) – LibreTexts (CC BY)
Covers the basics of formal and informal logic, including fallacies, inductive logic, and sentential logic. Includes some exercises. Designed for Michigan Community College students.

Clear and Present Thinking (Myers, 2017) (CC BY-ND)
Covers the basics of formal and informal logic, including fallacies, inductive logic, and sentential logic. Includes some exercises.

(Also see the texts listed under Symbolic Logic, C-ID PHIL 210, as they could work for this C-ID as well)

Introduction to Ethics (C-ID PHIL 120)

Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2019); Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2019) – LibreTexts (CC-BY)
A collection of classic and contemporary readings on applied topics and moral theory, including abortion, immigration, animal rights, Utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and Kant. Designed for California Community College students.

Introduction to Ethical Studies: An Open Source Reader (Archie and Archie, 2004) (CC BY-SA)
Anthology of a broad range of traditional topics from classic readings.

Ethics for A-Level (Dimmock and Fisher, 2017); Ethics for A-Level (Dimmock and Fisher, 2017) – LibreTexts (CC BY)
Covers a variety of normative, metaethical, and applied topics, including Kant, Utilitarianism, sexual ethics, and abortion. Designed for UK A-Level (Secondary School) students.

Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics (Matthews, 2020) (CC BY)
Multiple author traditional textbook focusing on moral theory, including relativism, Utilitarianism, Kant, and Feminine ethics.

History of Ancient Philosophy (C-ID PHIL 130)

Texts

Ancient Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2018) (CC BY-SA) Ancient Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2018) – LibreTexts
Anthology of classic texts in ancient philosophy, including Pre-Socratics, Plato (Socratic Dialogues and The Republic), Aristotle, and Hellenistic Philosophy.

Online Collections of Interest

  • MIT Classics Archive: Many late 19th/early 20th century translations of Ancient Philosophy, especially Greek and Roman, as well as some Asian (Public Domain)
  • Project Gutenberg: Numerous works in the public domain
  • Perseus Collection: Ancients, especially Greek and Latin, including the original Greek and Latin texts (Public Domain)

History of Modern Philosophy (C-ID PHIL 140)

Texts

Modern Philosophy (Ott and Dunn, 2013); Modern Philosophy (Ott and Dunn, 2013) – LibreTexts (CC BY-NC-SA)
A collection of source texts with commentary and pedagogical tools. A self-described “workbook.”

Online Collections of Interest

  • Early Modern Texts: Recent translations and updates of Early Modern Texts (Copyrighted, but with a license that resembles CC BY-NC; see website for licensing information)
  • Project Gutenberg: Numerous works in the public domain

Symbolic Logic (C-ID PHIL 210)

(All of these texts meet the requirements delineated in this C-ID descriptor but vary in focus, breadth, presentation, and exercises)

Philosophy of Western Religions

Philosophy of Western Religions: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2019); Philosophy of Western Religions: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2019) – LibreTexts (CC BY)
Anthology with a mix of contemporary pieces and classical readings in Philosophy of Religion.

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion (Branson, 2021) (CC-BY)
Traditional textbook covering a variety of topics in Philosophy of Religion.

South and East Asian Philosophy

Texts

South and East Asian Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2019); South and East Asian Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2019) – LibreTexts (CC BY-NC-SA)
Anthology that includes selections from Taoism, Confucius, The Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Buddhist Sutras, Siddhartha (Herman Hesse), and Sun Tzu.

Online Collections of Interest

  • MIT Classics Archive: Many late 19th/early 20th century translations of Ancient Philosophy that includes some Asian philosophers (Public Domain)
  • Project Gutenberg: Numerous works in the public domain

Political Philosophy

Texts

Political Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2020); Political Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource (Levin, 2020) – LibreTexts (CC BY-SA)
Anthology of classic readings in political philosophy, including Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Smith, and Marx.

Online Collections of Interest

  • MIT Classics Archive: Many late 19th/early 20th century translations of Ancient Philosophy, especially Greek and Roman, as well as some Asian (Public Domain)
  • Early Modern Texts: Recent translations and updates of Early Modern Texts (Copyrighted, but with a license that resembles CC BY-NC; see website for licensing information)
  • Project Gutenberg: Numerous works in the public domain
  • Perseus Collection: Ancients, especially Greek and Latin, including the original Greek and Latin texts (Public Domain)

Philosophy of Mind

Texts

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind (Salazar, 2020) (Rebus Community); Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind (Salazar, 2020) – LibreTexts (CC BY)
Contemporary anthology textbook with articles covering traditional and current topics and philosophers in philosophy of mind.

Online Collections of Interest

Early Modern Texts: Recent translations and updates of Early Modern Texts (Copyrighted, but with a license that resembles CC BY-NC; see website for licensing information)

Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking (C-ID ENG 105)

(Because courses are often taught in Philosophy Departments with this C-ID, resources for it have been included here)

Critical Reasoning and Writing: An Open Educational Resource (Levin & Sheley, 2020); Critical Reasoning and Writing: An Open Educational Resource (Levin & Sheley, 2020) – LibreTexts (CC BY-SA)
Critical thinking topics (including fallacies), writing exercises, and guidelines on writing argumentative papers in philosophy.

(Also see the texts listed under Introduction to Logic, C-ID PHIL 110, as they could work for courses with this C-ID designation)

This page last updated 1-29-21.