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Pathways to Philosophy
adventures in distance learning

The six Pathways to Philosophy were developed over a period of three years 1995–8 through dialogue with our first correspondence students. Since then, many hundreds of students have contributed to on-going development of the Pathways project.

Pathways was designed from the start as a distance learning program. Each of the six parts is a stand-alone 'program'. These are book length, divided into fifteen units with a set of essay questions accompanying each group of three units. Although the original Pathways to Philosophy is now closed to admissions, these books can be purchased in paperback or ebook format.

Tuition is available via the Pathways tutors. You can contact them by email. Pathways tutors work independently. Each is free to make his or her own arrangements with students following the six Pathways.

Our umbrella organization is the International Society for Philosophers, a worldwide community of philosophy students and enthusiasts in over 90 countries founded in 2002. ISFP members can submit work for the Associate and Fellowship Awards of the ISFP.

If you have any questions about Pathways or the International Society for Philosophers, please e-mail klempner@fastmail.net.


Six Pathways programs  Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics

Following your pathway  More about how the program works as well as options available for students who have completed one or more of the six Pathways

Writing a philosophy essay  Importance of writing in the study of philosophy with advice designed to help with your first philosophy essay

Philosophy book list  Reviews of some of the contemporary and classical philosophy books available for the beginning student

Featured books  Books featuring work by members of the International Society for Philosophers

The Pathways experience  Testimonials from students who have taken the six Pathways to Philosophy

Academic recognition  Plaudits from the world of academic philosophy

Pathways to Philosophy tutors  A list of independently working philosophy tutors to help you on your philosophical journey

Ask a question  Get help and inspiration from Ask a Philosopher on any topic in the Pathways programs

Essay cabinet  Index to over 200 essays by students taking the six Pathways to Philosophy