Below is a list of online resources for studying and teaching philosophy. Feel free to share it and/or add your own suggestions.
1. The List
“…an ever-growing set of original 1000-word essays on philosophical topics.”
400+ Free Online Philosophy Resources
A “collection of links and resources on a wide range of philosophical topics …aimed at a general audience.”
500+ Philosophy Course Syllabi
This page contains a collection of over 500 philosophy course syllabi on a wide range of topics.
A History of Ideas
Two minute animated videos explaining important ideas and concepts in the history of thought. From BBC.
A History of Philosophy in 81 Lectures: Ancient Greece to Modern Times
From Arthur F. Holmes course at Wheaton College. Covers Plato, Aquinas, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Sartre, and a few others.
Advanced Logic (University of Melbourne)
“Short video lectures of 5 to 25 minutes, introducing concepts in the metatheory of first order predicate logic. ”
Animal Ethics from the Margins
Video interviews, seminal texts, news and a bibliography of resources from underrepresented animal ethics researchers.
Free courses in decision making and reasoning.
Crash Course: Philosophy
Short, entertaining, enlightening videos about philosophy.
Critical Reasoning for Beginners
“…you will learn all about arguments, how to identify them, how to evaluate them, and how not to mistake bad arguments for good.”
Data on Women in Philosophy
“This site provides some new data [about the representation women in] approximately 100 departments over the past 10 years and [among] faculty at all ranks in Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) ranked and unranked programs for 2015.”
Directory of Open Access Journals
“…an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.”
Diversity Reading List In Philosophy
A resource for [teachers] who would like to promote equality and diversity by including works of authors from under-represented groups in their teaching.
Early Modern Texts
“…versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought.”
Dr. Dan Halliday talks with the philosophers, and helps place their ideas in a real world context. All episodes are 12 minutes long.
Evaluate An Argument With Just ONE Flowchart
Three researchers from George Mason University and the University of Queensland have combined these three loves in a paper about climate change denialism. In their paper, they create a flowchart that shows how to find over a dozen fallacies.
“…about how to do philosophy—what skills are important in philosophy, how philosophers think, how to teach philosophy.” (See also Mikio’s incredible guide to teaching remotely
“A collection [and explanation] of named fallacies. That is, types of bad reasoning — such as “ad hominem” — which commonly appear in everyday arguments.”
Stuff “feminist philosophers [and many others] can use”. The blog closed, but remains instructive and valuable even as an archive.
Flickers of Freedom
A group blog run by philosophers working on free will, moral responsibility, and agency. (Closed in 2017, but has 7 years of free and valuable content.)
Fragments of Consciousness
This is David Chalmer’s blog. (It is seemingly discontinued, but it goes back further than most philosophy blogs, starting in January 2005.)
Free Online Philosophy Courses
About 100 free Philosophy courses “from the world’s leading universities.”
Free Online Philosophy Courses from the University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including course videos and handouts. Via Coursera.
Free Philosophy Textbooks from Pressbooks
Philosophy textbooks that can be downloaded for free (legally) thanks to creative commons licenses.
The single-best way to find, track, and disseminate research, in my opinion.
History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
“[A podcast about] the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.”
Implicit Bias & Philosophy
“Bringing philosophers, experimental psychologists, and policy professionals together to think about implicit bias.”
In Socrates’ Wake
A blog about teaching philosophy.
Introductory Logic (University of Melbourne)
Short ‘lectures’ of 5 to 25 minutes, each introducing a basic concept in logic.
It’s Only A Theory
“A Group Blog Devoted to the General Philosophy of Science” that was active from 2009 to 2015.
“…for philosophers to collectively gather useful information about philosophy journals.” E.g., average review time, average time to publication, acceptance rate, quality of reviewer comments, etc.
“a community dedicated to improving our reasoning and decision-making [and] a place to 1) develop and train rationality, and 2) apply one’s rationality to real-world problems.”
Matters of Substance
“A Group Blog Devoted to Metaphysics” active from 2009 to 2015.
Metaphysics of Mind: A Flowchart Taxonomy
A flowchart-like tree for classifying views about the metaphysics of mind.
Michael Huemer’s Writing Guide
Tips about how to write a philosophy paper and how to avoid common problems.
Modal and Non-classical Logic (University of Melbourne)
“Short ‘lectures’ of 5 to 25 minutes, introducing concepts in modal and non-classical logic.”
ND Philosophy Reviews
“…publishing substantive, high-quality book reviews.”
Nick Byrd’s YouTube channel
Videos about—among other things—research about reasoning, well-being, and technology as well as how to do research and improve researchers’ online presence.
“Stories of Philosophers Who’ve Forged Non-Academic Careers”
Upcoming events (Journal/Conference CFPs, Conferences, Workshops, etc.) in philosophy. Subscribe to get automated updates.
A free and open-source platform for collaboratively building and analyzing arguments. It’s fantastic! Plus, check out the evidence suggesting that people who understand how to map arguments reason better!
“…showcas[ing] the best philosophical posts from a wide range of weblogs” from 2004-2017.
“This blog considers how to make the climate in philosophy departments and other professional spaces more hospitable.”
Philosophy for Beginners
A “series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy” by Dr. Talbot at the University of Oxford.
Philosophy for Children
About “philosophy classes with pre-college students, thoughts about doing philosophy with young people, and ideas for how to introduce philosophy in K-12 classrooms and with your own children!”
Philosophy of Action
Contacts, links, news, and resources about philosophy of action.
Philosophy of Judaism
“…to promote scholarship in the philosophy of Judaism [and] to encourage philosophers who have yet to do work in the philosophy of Judaism, to turn their attention to such work.”
Philosophy readings by female authors
Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula
“PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers…. We also host the largest open access archive in philosophy.”
“An Archive for Preprints in Philosophy of Science… a free service… goal of the archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work.”
Project Gutenberg – Philosophy texts
…sorted by popularity.
“Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition…”
The first website in the world to provide mass & public access to research papers.
Short & Curly
“a fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents”
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
“…organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.”
The Big Questions by TED-Ed
Learn about a philosophy puzzle in under 5 minutes with these YouTube videos made by TED and scholars from all over the world.
The Catalogue of Bias(es)
“…describ[ing] a wide range of biases – outlining their potential impact in research studies.” From Oxford’s Center for Evidence-Based Medicine.
The Current by Public Philosophy Journal
A curation of the latest public articles and talks from philosophers (e.g., newspaper pieces, TED talks, etc.)
The Emergence Of Relativism
“…a 5 year project (2014-2019) which brings together historical, philosophical, and sociological approaches to philosophical relativism.”
The Information Philosopher
“Solving Problems in Philosophy, Physics, Biology, and Psychology Using Information Philosophy”
“In a world marked by wicked social problems, [ABC Radio National’s] The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.”
The Open Logic Project
A free logic textbook with additional logic teaching materials for people without formal mathematical training.
The Society for Philosophers in America
We are made up of people from within and beyond the academy, people who are interested in deep, meaningful dialogue, and who aim to enrich public discourse and civility.
Open access philosophy papers by Terrence Tomkow and other philosophers.
Ty & Liz’s List—philosophy videos & teaching resources (by class and topic)
A Google spreadsheet with—checks notes—hundreds of videos and other (super organized) resources.
What Can I Do With A Master’s Degree In Philosophy?
Summary: First, you can learn loads of transferable skills (like critical thinking, logic, persuasion, technical writing, advanced research methods, etc.). Second, you can use these skills to pursue loads of fulfilling (and fairly lucrative) careers.
What is it like to be a philosopher?
“in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers. Interviews you can’t find anywhere else. In the interviews, you get a sense of what makes living, breathing philosophers tick.”
What Is It Like to Be A Woman in Philosophy?
“…devoted to short observations sent in by readers, about life as a woman in philosophy.” See also “What We’re Doing About What It’s Like”
Clear, concise, and charming videos about philosophy. No background in philosophy needed.
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4 thoughts on “30+ Online Resources For Studying & Teaching Philosophy”
I found the Philosophize This podcast to be informative and pretty good.
I’ll check it out. Thanks Stephen!
The History of Philosophy Without and Gaps is a consistently good resource with good coverage of Eastern philosophies: http://historyofphilosophy.net/
Thanks Fred! I was saving that for a (long) list of philosophy podcasts (which goes up Wednesday), but you’re right: it’s well-suited for this list as well. I’ve added it.
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