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 our first correspondence students. Since then, many hundreds of students have contributed to on-going development of the Pathways project.
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 study materials can be downloaded from the Pathways web site for free. However, as a registered student member of the International Society for Philosophers you gain the benefit of membership of a worldwide community of philosophy students in over 90 countries, as well as the opportunity to submit work for the Associate and Fellowship of the ISFP. You can also request free subscription to the Philosophy Pathways and Philosophy for Business e-journals.
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.
Whatever you may decide to do in pursuing your philosophical researches, we hope that you find the materials useful, as well as stimulating and enjoyable to read.
If you have any questions about the six Pathways to Philosophy, please use the Comments Form or e-mail email@example.com.
Six Pathways The original 'Pathways to Philosophy' — 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 programs.
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.
Student feedback Comments by students who have taken the Pathways programs, ISFP Awards, and Diploma and BA via Pathways
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