Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers…
— Aaron Swartz
Working from the premises that information is not a commodity and that access to it is a human right, we have assembled the following open educational resource OER). It is built from a multitude of sources, the most significant including:
- Bertrand Russell’s The Problems of Philosophy
- Reading for Philosophical Inquiry edited by Lee Archie and John G. Archie
- Introduction to Philosophy Reader, edited by Noah Levin
- The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy edited by Jeff McLaughlin
The book is organized into five parts, each for major branches of philosophical inquiry:
- epistemology – the study of knowledge and interpretation;
- metaphysics — the study of reality, identity, and being beyond the questions and methods of physics;
- ethics — the study of applied value; and
- political philosophy — they study of organizing societies and resources.
The text is designed for use in an introductory course on philosophy in a community college classroom. As the base level, this text is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.
This is the second edition of the text.