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.
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. If it passes the review it is added to the Pathways essay cabinet.
To apply for the Six Pathways to Philosophy, please submit the Pathways application form. We recommend that you combine Pathways with membership of the International Society for Philosophers (ISFP).
The ISFP is 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 of the ISFP.
If you have any questions about Pathways or the International Society for Philosophers, please use the Comments Form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?