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Philosophizer - Preview
Philosophizer — Preview

by Geoffrey Klempner

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"From nonsense, comes sense, and from sense, nonsense. Words lined up like Lego bricks. The order is immaterial. Each word names a thought — red, white, blue, yellow. Yes, no, life, death. Out of these comes the accumulated culture of the human race."

Download and view a preview copy of Geoffrey Klempner's new book, Philosophizer. The Preview consists of seven chapters, around one fifth of the complete volume.

If you would like to receive a review copy of the complete beta version of Philosophizer please email the author at The book is scheduled for publication later this year (2016).

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Pathways sampler
Pathways sampler

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Download Program A Unit 1

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Download Program C Unit 1

Download Program D Unit 1

Download Program E Unit 1

Download Program F Unit 1

The Pathways Sampler contains the complete first unit from each of the six Pathways programs:

  Program A. Introduction to Philosophy The Possible World Machine
  Program B. Philosophy of Mind Searching for the Soul
  Program C. Ancient Philosophy The First Philosophers
  Program D. Philosophy of Language Language and the World
  Program E. Moral Philosophy Reason, Values and Conduct
  Program F. Metaphysics The Ultimate Nature of Things.


Pathways story
The Pathways story

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This file comprises of four key offprints of articles by Geoffrey Klempner which tell the story of the Pathways School of Philosophy over the first 12 years 1995–2007:

'Philosophy from a Distance' The Philosopher 1997
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'Pathways to Philosophy: Seven Years On' Practical Philosophy 2003
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'The Pathways School of Philosophy' APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 2007
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'Voyages in the Possible World Machine' SAPERE Newsletter 2007
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Possible world machine
Possible world machine

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This file contains the fifteen short stories and introductions from Pathways Program A. Introduction to Philosophy The Possible World Machine.


The possible world machine, the black box, walkabout, a case of doubt, a lesson in biology, the insurance policy, a moral tale, the good witness, the fatalists, the ministry of perception, Dr Johnson's boots, space hopper, the window of consciousness, message from a lonely planet, Morgan's farewell.


Ask a philosopher
Ask a philosopher

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This file contains questions and answers selected from the Ask a Philosopher pages. The questions were answered by Geoffrey Klempner between August 1999 and January 2001.

The e-text was originally commissioned by Paulo Ghiraldelli Jr. for the use of students at the State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For the lastest answers by Geoffrey Klempner and the other members of the Ask a Philosopher panel see the current page of Questions and Answers.


Dilemmas in social philosophy
Dilemmas in social philosophy

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Download Social Philosophy Instructors Manual

Dilemmas in Social Philosophy is a reader by Phil Washburn, edited by Matthew Del Nevo for Pathways Schools Australia, a project of the International Society for Philosophers.

The reader consists of two documents: a student text, together with an instructor's manual.


1. Is Society based on a contract?
2. Is liberty the highest social value?
3. Is equality the highest social value?
4. Is capitalism just?
5. Should we establish a world government?
6. Is ethnicity essential to identity?
7. Connections: individualist or relationist?


Continental community of inquiry
Continental community of inquiry

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Continental Community of Inquiry is a collection of texts selected — and in some cases translated — by Matthew del Nevo.

The introductory section explains the community of inquiry approach to continental philosophy and gives advice to students and teachers. The texts are suitable for students of any age, for beginners or more experienced students.

The collection includes a Preface by Matthew Lipman, who has pioneered the idea of a community of inquiry and philosophy for children.


Naive metaphysics
Naive metaphysics: a theory of subjective and objective worlds

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This file contains the complete text of Geoffrey Klempner's book Naive Metaphysics, originally published by Avebury in 1994. Suitable for more advanced students.

CONTENTS: Subjective and objective, egocentrism and nonegocentrism, silencing the egocentrist, reality of the objective standpoint, mind and body, reality of the subjective standpoint, a two-world metaphysic, attributes of my subjective world, non-continuity of my subjective world, my standpoint as agent, metaphysical freedom, self and other, reality of now, existence of matter, truth and verifiability, reality of our objective world, the world, I and now.


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