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Pathways to Philosophy

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Pathways to Philosophy
adventures in distance learning

Pathways was designed from the start as a distance learning program. The six fifteen unit Pathways to Philosophy were developed over a period of three years 1995–8 through dialogue with the first Pathways students. Since then, many hundreds of students have enjoyed the Pathways experience and contributed to the on-going development of Pathways.

In order to complete one Pathways Program, you are required to write five short essays, of around 800–1,200 words, one essay for each group of three units. Members of the ISFP should send their Pathways essays to the Director of Studies for assessment.

The six Pathways can be taken on their own or as preparation for the Associate and Fellowship awards from the International Society for Philosophers. For more information, go to the Associate and Fellowship Awards.

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


Six Pathways The six Pathways: Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics, plus sample essays by Pathways students.

Following your pathway A synopsis of the Pathways approach to teaching philosophy and the options available for students who have completed one of the six Pathways.

Writing a philosophy essay The importance of writing in the study of philosophy with advice designed to remove the mystique from the task of writing your first philosophy essay.

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

Register now Register as a student member of the ISFP.

University of Sheffield

Pathways e-journals Philosophy Pathways and Philosophy for Business are distributed by the University of Sheffield List Server and listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Directory of Open Access Journals

From 2003–2014 Pathways provided tuition for the Diploma and BA in Philosophy offered by the University of London International Programme based at Birkbeck College.

Birkbeck College London Department of Philosophy University of London International Programme for Philosophy