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Pathways to Philosophy
adventures in distance learning

Taken together with Why study philosophy? and Devising a study plan — from the original 1995 introductory pack sent out in response to postal inquiries — these pages make the case for the value and importance of philosophical study. The remainder of the material from the original introductory pack has been incorporated into our How-to-do-it study guide.

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 program is book length, divided into fifteen units with a set of essay questions accompanying each group of three units. You can download the material all at once or one unit at a time — whichever works best for you.

As a member of the International Society for Philosophers you gain the benefit of membership of a worldwide community of philosophy students and enthusiasts in over 90 countries, as well as the opportunity to submit work for the Associate and Fellowship of the ISFP.

To complete a Pathways program you are required to upload five essays of at least 800 words, one essay for each group of three units. Each essay is reviewed by the Director of Studies. If it passes the review it is added to the Pathways essay cabinet.

If you are already an advanced student, or have a BA in Philosophy and want to participate in our educational community, you can join the panel of Ask a Philosopher and receive regular email updates of the latest questions. Your answers will be posted on the Ask a Philosopher Wordpress page.

If you have any questions about the six Pathways to Philosophy, please use the Comments Form or e-mail klempner@fastmail.net.


1. How it all works  how the different stages and components of the program fit together

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

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

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

5. Pathways introductory book list  reviews of some of the philosophy books available for the beginning student, both contemporary and classical

6. Student peer review  a cutting-edge idea in distance learning or just plain common sense?