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What is Philosophy?

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What does it mean to be a human being- with the capacity to think about, discover, and ponder the "truth?" What other creature on Earth resembles a human person in terms of his or her ability to engage in art, politics, science, architecture or poetry? Where and how do we fit into Nature or even into the Universe? These and many other questions have been asked by philosophers probably since it became possible to express curiosity and exhibit self-consciousness. What are the answers? Most important, how will the answers lead to a contented, satisfied and fulfilled life? How can a human being achieve happiness? But, what is philosophy?

A New Textbook: It Begins....

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Now Available Summer 2013! My revised texbook on introductory philosophy: It Begins With A Question! (ISBN: 978-1-62131-261-1) Order from Cognella or Amazon.com Check for the Blackboard Coursesites course designed to augment this text. for those who wish to participate for personal enrichment.

The book takes advantage of the many opportunities the internet provides for online interaction through embedded video selections, journal writing assignments, group discussions, and WIKIS...thus creating an ideal environment for lively participation in philosophical enquiry through online resources familiar to today's students. Specifically:

  • Designed to leverage Web 2.0
  • Includes videos, discussion groups, online learning objects
  • Offers virtual office hours
  • Features videoconferencing for discussion and dialog
  • Free 2014 calendar (pdf)

Other Websites I Maintain

  1. E-Education-Etc (environmental ethics)
  2. K6KDB Ham Radio
  3. Astronomy
  4. Instructional Design

 

Welcome

A brief welcome...

Philosophy is about expressing your curiosityRead more...

Where do you start?

I have been interested in philosophy as far back as when I first encountered the forests and lakes of my native Michigand.

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