Resources for Introduction to Philosophy 2010H
Greetings. The resources on this page are meant to supplement the texts and lectures of the Honors Introduction to Philosophy course taught by Bruce Janz at University of Central Florida. These resources are not a substitute for class, readings, or library research; they may, however, enhance all of these. On using the internet for research, please read this page.
General Resources for Introduction to Philosophy
There are some general resources on my philosophy resources page. These include references to a few good large philosophy pages, search engines, etc. There is also a good search engine page, which will help get you started.
This page is no substitute for visiting the library. In particular, a good place to start is with the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in the reference section. It has entries on most people and topics we will deal with in this course. Another place to start is with the actual library listings, located here.
Resources for Philosophy 2010H
PHI 102 looks at a few important texts in more depth, with a view to answering three key questions: Who are you? What is the world like? How should we live? These questions are designed to lead to a fourth question: What is philosophy?
Who Are You?
- Week 1
- Week 2
- Week 3
- Week 4
What is the World Like?
- Week 5
- Week 6
- Week 7
- Week 8
- Week 9
- Week 10
How Should We Live?
- Week 11
- Week 12
- Week 13
- Week 14
- Week 15
Who are you?
Resources in this section deal with questions of philosophical anthropology and in general the nature of the self. Readings are from Martin Buber’s I and Thou.
- Martin Buber Home Page
- Martin Buber
Other Relevant Resources
- Self/Person/Personal Identity page
What is the world like?
This section focusses on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science. Readings for this section are from Descartes’ Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (or another copy here).
On-line versions of Discourse on Method: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
General Resources on metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science
- Philosophy of Science Resources
How should we live?
This section focusses on issues in value theory in general, and in particular ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Readings for this section are from Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality.
Resources on Rousseau
- Rousseau Association Home Page
- Rousseau Biography
- “Rousseau” (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
- Rousseau Page (Mickelsen)
General resources on ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics
- Aesthetics and Visual Culture Page
- Ethics Links on the Internet
- Ethics Update
- Political Philosophy home page
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
This section focusses on issues in philosophical anthropology, existentialism, hermeneutics, and metaphysics. Readings for this section are from Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance links (“Metaphysics of Quality” page). Includes papers and discussions on aspects of ZMM.
B. Janz Home Page
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