``Introduction to the main problems of philosophy and its methods of inquiry, analysis, and criticism. Works of important philosophers are read. Three semester hours.'' From the Lander University Catalog.
Lee Archie and John G. Archie, Reading for Philosophical Inquiry: An Open Source Reader. Version 0.21, GFDL, 2004, 415 pp. Free for any use or resale under terms of the GDFL license.
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Text files for conversion into Braille are available by request. Also, hard copies of the textbook are on reserve at the Larry A. Jackson Library, if you prefer to read the traditional way. Some copies should be available through Inter-Library Loan if you are a distance education student.
If the Lander Website is inaccessible, you may also find the textbook and supplementary readings mentioned below on Oxford's academia.edu and at PhilosophyNotebook.com:
The GFDL license makes this textbook freely available to anyone for any purpose for no charge. You may print it out for your own use or print it out to sell it so long as you inform the buyer where to access it online without charge.
Lee Archie and John G. Archie, Introduction to Ethical Studies: An Open Source Reader. Version 0.11 GFDL, 2004, 364 pp. Free for any use or resale under terms of the GDFL license.
Lee Archie and John G. Archie, Readings in the History of Æsthetics: An Open Source Reader, version 0.11, GFDL, 2006, pp. 475. Free for any use or resale under terms of the GDFL license.
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The textbook and supplementary ethics readings are also posted on Oxford's academia.edu and on PhilosophyNotebook.com:
Lee Archie and John G. Archie, Readings in the History of Æsthetics: An Open Source Reader, version 0.11, GFDL, 2006, pp. 475. Free for any use or resale under terms of the GDFL license. This book is only available online.
The general purpose of this course is to introduce some of the main problems of philosophy such as those listed below in the next section ``Objectives of the Course.''
The general aims of this introductory survey of philosophy are to examine questions such as the following.
The methods used to obtain these ends are
In this course you will gain skill in asking interesting, productive, and insightful questions and will analyze philosophical essays to obtain facility in the clear, complete, and methodological statement of personal views. You will also learn effective methods of analysis and criticism in the evaluation of argumentative discourse.
We adopt specific techniques recommended by many educators, namely writing, discussion, review tests, and homework.
Lee Archie 2011-01-05