Philosophy

A. Books

  1. Logic Gallery, ARISTOTLE TO THE 21st CENTURY, E-edition : An online book, available for free, that chronicles the evolution of philosophies and attempts to explain the various schools of thought numerous thought experiments, detail the lives of the greatest names in the field, and summarize multiple courses worth of work in a handy format.
  2. A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy: Simon Blackburn
  3. Story of Philosophy : Will Durant
  4. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy: Ted Honderich
  5. The Philosopher’s Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods: Julian Baggini, Peter S. Fosl

B. Blogs

Source: Best Online Philosophy Sources II: Blogs

  • One of the most influential blogs, academically speaking, professor Brian Leiter’s blog Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog has been up and running for several years now. Since 1989, he has been compiling also one of the most influential rankings of philosophy department, thePhilosophical Gourmet Report
  • The Brooks Blog, run by philosophy Thom Brooks, reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at Newcastle University. This is one of the most accessible and widely read blogs, especially useful to prospective professional philosophers.
  • Logic Matters is the blog of philosopher Peter Smith, of Cambridge University. Addressed to interested students, it contains brilliant posts on a wide range of topics.
  • Thoughts, Arguments, and Rants initially maintained by philosopher Brian Weatherson, which now features also posts by Andy Egan, Carrie Jenkins, Gillian Russell, and Kenny Easwaran. For advanced students, it contains a wealth of fresh philosophical ideas and discussion, alongside with some news from the academic world.
  • Richard Zach is the blog by the homonymous philosopher at the University of Calgary. It features mainly content in logic and philosophical logic, alongside with news on the subject. Certainly one of the best blogs devoted to this branch of philosophy.
  • Fragments of Consciousness is the blog maintained by Australian philosopher David Chalmers. It contains mostly updates regarding academic news (conferences, papers, positions) along with occasional philosophical discussions.
  • Feminist Philosophers is one of the most engaged philosophy blogs (and I mean it in a good sense). Devoted by and large (but not only) to issues of interest to female philosophers and to those working on feminist philosophy, it is becoming a central place where to find cutting edge discussion of some of the most poignant topics, such as the professor Hendrick’s picture scandal.
  • Experimental Philosophy is a blog devoted to general philosophy, shaped up much in the tradition from which is takes its name (experimental philosophy or X-Phi). It contains a great deal of thought provoking ideas.
  • Animal Ethics is a blog devoted to the philosophical discussion of the moral status of non-human aimals. It contains a vast array of useful sources, news, and information on the topic. Definitely worth checking.
  • Evolutionary Philosophy is a blog looking at a wide array of philosophical issues from the lenses of contemporary evolutionary thinking. The topic is certainly one of the most up and coming in philosophical realm and not of exclusive interest of philosophers.
  • Philosophy Talk is the companion blog of the radio program Philosophy Talk.

Here is the most comprehensive list of Philosophical Weblogs you will ever need.

C. Podcasts

/u/EricHerboso has compiled a wonderful list of podcasts related to philosophy.

Short-form philosophy podcasts:

  • Philosophy Bites (itunes, blog): 15-20 minute weekly interviews of philosophers on philosophical topics by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Highly recommended.
  • The 10-Minute Puzzle (site): 10 minute sporadic introductory discussions on philosophical puzzles by Federico Luzzi and Aidan McGlynn. Highly recommended.
  • Ethics Bites (itunes, site): 15-20 minute sporadic interviews of philosophers on ethical dilemmas by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Highly recommended.
  • Morality in the Real World (itunes, site): 20 minute sporadic episodes on desirism by Alonzo Fyfe and Luke Muehlhauser. Shows the thinking process of specifically explicating a theory over time, making changes along the way. (Note that desirism is not a theory I subscribe to.)
  • The Big Ideas (itunes): 10 minute sporadic mini-introductions on the main ideas in philosophy.

Medium-length philosophy podcasts:

  • The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps (itunes, blog): 20-30 minute weekly discussions on the history of philosophy by Peter Adamson. Highly recommended.
  • Elucidations (itunes, site): 25-45 minute weekly interviews of philosophers on philosophical topics by Matt Teichman and Mark Hopwood.
  • The Moral Maze (itunes, site): 45 minute weekly heated debates on practical moral issues by non-philosophers.
  • The Philosopher’s Zone (itunes, site): 25 minute weekly discussions on philosophical topics by the late Alan Saunders. (A replacement host has not yet been chosen; episodes resume in 2013.)
  • The Public Philosopher (itunes, site): 45 minute sporadic talks by Michael Sandel. Includes a lot of audience participation.
  • Minerva (itunes, site): 30 minute monthly episodes on major philosophical topics.

Long-form philosophy podcasts:

  • The Partially Examined Life (itunes, blog/forum): 2 hour weekly discussions on philosophical readings aimed at a moderately informed audience. Their forum includes reading groups where listeners can discuss topics more in-depth, which is perhaps the most awesome thing ever. Highly recommended.
  • Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life (itunes, site): 1 hour bi-weekly interviews on philosophical topics with Jack Russell Weinstein. The host is very good at asking great questions of guests that cut to the heart of philosophical positions. Highly recommended.
  • Philosophy Talk (site/forum): 1 hour weekly discussion on philosophical topics with a call-in audience. Their podcast feed goes through iAmplify, which is terribly confusing and irritating, but each week’s episodes are free to download if you can figure it out. Be aware that past episodes are not freely available, making this show impossible to use with philosophy discussion groups.
  • New Books in Philosophy (itunes): 1 hour biweekly interviews with authors about their newly published books on philosophy. These are easily the most dense of all podcasts listed here, as they go fairly in-depth on specific topics — but every episode is accessible to a moderately well-informed philosophical audience. Unfortunately, the audio quality is not ideal.
  • Philosophy Now (itunes, site): 1 hour sporadic interviews on philosophical topics.
  • Such That Cast (itunes, site): 1 hour monthly interviews with philosophers. Does not focus on specific philosophical problems, but just consists of a freeform conversation between the interviewer and interviewee. This sounds terrible, but is actually really good.

D. Videos and Youtube channels

#1: The School of Life – Introduction to Philosophy

#2: The School of Life – Another set of videos, focusing on Eastern Philosophy.

#3: Wireless Philosophy – Introductory Videos

#4: University of Oxford

#5: CrashCourse – Philosophy Crash Course

Like Wireless Philosophy and The School of Life, there are a few other good channels exploring both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Philosophy.

  • QualiaSoup – Animated videos to help facilitate discussions regarding phislosophy, theism vs atheism, and the science of morality.
  • Shots of AweA string of videos to shake the philosopher in you. Shots of awe does short videos on the various quandaries of life and at the same time is a wonderful recommendation channel for discovering some obscure papers and thought experiments in the field of philosophy.
  • Academy of IdeasIntroductory videos to the various schools of thought in philosophy.
  • Tragedy & HopeAs the name suggests, the channel in itself is a dichotomy. The various videos try and force the viewer to change their preset perspective on things. Some things are not as bad as they seem, but some are far worse than you could have comprehended.
  • theJourneyofPurpose TJOPOne of humanity’s longest crisis has been existential. Who are we? Why are we here? Is death painful? Combining powerful messages by the likes of Alan Watts and Rumi, TJOP tries to help humans reconcile with their limitations and their mortality.
  • Seeker Stories
    “What you seek is seeking you” – Rumi.

    Seriously, all you need to do is go outside. There is so much the news won’t tell you because it is not ‘sensational’. There are thousands of stories, waiting to be heard and shared. Some die with the person, some fight and live on as folklore. Seeker Stories takes you on a journey across the world, trying to uncover these gems for you.

  • AlanWattsLectures Alan Watts is one of the most influential philosophy teachers of the past century. Watch some of his most impressive works visualized.

E. Other resources

Finally, there is an ongoing introductory course by the University of Edinburgh (started May 2 2016).

Introduction to Philosophy – The University of Edinburgh

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