The end of SYMPA and the new Pathways

According to Wikipedia, 'SYMPA is a Mailing list management (MLM) software. Its name, which is an acronym for Systeme de Multi-Postage Automatique (i.e. Automatic Mailing System), also means "nice" (friendly) in French.'

This is the mailing list that we have been using over the last two decades via the University of Sheffield, UK. Recently, I received a notification that SYMPA has been closed down. The new mailing list system is only available for members of the University.

Although it would be possible to use an alternative method of email list management, the decision has been taken to make the Pathways List blog the primary medium for news about Pathways and the ISFP. If you wish to keep up to date, you can follow the blog by email.

We have some exciting news. Tuition for the six Pathways to Philosophy, published on Amazon in Kindle and paperback, is now available. Tutors are listed on the following page:

http://philosophypathways.com/programs/pak7.html

Profiles from Maya Levanon, Tony Flood and Martin Jenkins — previously Pathways 'Mentors' — have been posted. Esther Shallan and Bruce Gahir will be joining shortly. In time, the list will grow.

The new arrangements allow tutors to negotiate fees and other matters with their clients independently of Pathways. However, as it states on the page, student feedback is important, and I will keep a watchful eye on this. I am here to respond to any feedback and if students praise or complain I will let the tutor know, and, if necessary, take action.

Personally, I feel that this is the opening of a new chapter in the life of Pathways to Philosophy, and hopefully will be the mainstay of the ISFP for years to come.

[Pathways] Contribute to Philosophy Summaries

Hello philosophers,

Recently, a blog has been set up with a few posts. This blog will be an archive of summaries of philosophical works. The link is: https://azphilosophy.blogspot.com/.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me out! The task is simple:

- read a philosophical work
- write a summary, around 2 pages, feel free to include quotes.

Then all you need to do is tell me the title of the work and email your summary to azhong2252@gmail.com. You can include the summary as part of the email or as an attached file.

I will then add it to the collection and yes, I will make sure to include your name.

There is a link to my blog on Dr Klempner's 'Tentative Answers' site https://tentativeanswers.blogspot.com.

If we are able to build up this collaboration, we will have greatly contributed to ISFP and there will be other benefits.

If you have any questions, please let me know at azhong2252@gmail.com!

Thank you very much everyone,

Andrew Zhong

[Pathways] The New ISFP

The New ISFP

http://isfp.sdf.org

Today, I have some important items of news regarding the ISFP.

The first you may have already heard about: Life Membership of the ISFP is free and will remain so for the foreseeable future. You can join by following the link at https://askaphilosopher.org or the link at https://www.geoffreyklempner.net. At the moment we are using two different setups for processing forms but the questions are exactly the same. It doesn't matter which one you use.

The second piece of news is that we have a new, permanent web address at http://isfp.sdf.org. SDF is a public access UNIX host founded in the USA back in 1987. It is one of the few places on the Internet where anyone can have access to the powerful tools of a UNIX server through the command line.

'SDF' are adjacent letters on a computer keyboard, and is also short for 'Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross', a Japanese anime series from 1982 which was later made into a video game.

We are a fortress, in a way, a place of refuge for Independent philosophers around the world. Our principles of inclusion and dialogue ensure that no genuine lover of wisdom is stranded without support.

I have decided to let the old address http://isfp.co.uk expire primarily because we are not a 'company' and we are not based in the UK. Until the renewal date for the co.uk domain, http://isfp.co.uk will continue to forward to http://isfp.sdf.org, as will the temporary address http://klempner.freeshell.org/society/.

The third news item is that we have three new Officers joining Sanja Ivic, Editor of ISFP Publishing:

Martin Jenkins is now responsible for our membership database and receiving submissions for the Associate and Fellowship Awards. He is Secretary of the ISFP. Email martinllowarch.jenkins@virgin.net.

Eric George, the other Admin for this page who set up the GK Public Figure page back in 2012, is the new ISFP Publicity Manager. Email ps.egeorge@gmail.com.

Lev Lafayette is our new University Outreach Officer. Amongst other activities, Lev is President of the Committee of The Isocracy Network (isocracy org). Email lev.lafayette@isocracy.org.

Eric is from New Zealand, while Lev (coincidentally) is based in Oz, although he hails from NZ. Martin is based in the UK.

Last but not least, the remit of ISFP Publishing has changed. Previously the books on our List were only available on request. From now onwards, we will be making the books we publish available for free download, with no strings (no promises of a 'review'). If you are an author and you want to share your work and are not looking for a commercial publisher then send your manuscript to our Editor Sanja Ivic.

Note that we are only interested in high quality material. The difference between the ISFP and other publishers is that we are entirely non-profit, so the question whether or not your book 'will sell' does not arise. But it has to be good.

You can reach Sanja Ivic at aurora1@yubc.net.

– That's all for today. If you have any comments or ideas for ways in which we can grow or improve, email me at klempner@fastmail.net.

Geoffrey Klempner

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[Pathways] The International Society for Philosophers

"The International Society for Philosophers was formed in 2002 in association with the Pathways School of Philosophy to bring together amateur and professional philosophers from all over the world.

"The mission of the ISFP is to "teach the world to philosophize... We believe in freedom of thought and expression but also in the responsibility that goes with that freedom." (ISFP Mission Statement).

"The Board of the ISFP is responsible for examining essay portfolios and dissertations submitted for the ISFP Associate and Fellowship Awards.

"The ISFP publishes the electronic journals, Philosophy Pathways and Philosophy for Business, and runs online conferences for Pathways students and ISFP members.

"On 9th May 2020, there were 2029 ISFP members in 93 countries."


– Taken from the old isfp.co.uk web site.

From 2002 onwards Pathways to Philosophy and the International Society for Philosophers have been joined together like Siamese twins. What will happen to the ISFP when Pathways comes to an end on 31st December 2020?

I want the Society to continue, no matter what, because the alternative would let down too many people who have invested years of their lives in this project.

As with Pathways, students who have signed up for the ISFP Associate and Fellowship Awards will continue to receive support as long as they need it. However, until the ISFP gets a new, permanent Director of Studies we will not be taking on any new students on the Associate/ Fellowship path.

While we are about it, we could also do with a new Membership Secretary, although I am happy to continue with that function for the time being. I won't be around forever!

As when it was first founded, life membership of the ISFP is once again free. There are no strings. You can opt in or out of the ISFP Open Membership List, and in or out of the Pathways e-list – which has now become the ISFP e-list – hosted, as before, at the University of Sheffield.

I have changed the Blogger address for the e-list archive to https://isfp-pathways.blogspot.com. It is now known as 'The Pathways List'.

All issues of the Philosophy Pathways and Philosophy for Business e-journals have been archived so that the articles are permanently available on the web at http://klempner.freeshell.org/newsletter/ and http://klempner.freeshell.org/businesspathways/.

The old isfp.co.uk web site is no more. In its place are just five pages, plus the e-list archive, the essential core. Much of the other material was copied from elsewhere and so is still on the web. You can still use the address https://isfp.co.uk which will now forward to http://klempner.freeshell.org/society/mission.html.

We also have a new, simplified application form currently hosted securely on on a private account at https://docs.google.com/forms/.

What are the benefits, now, of joining the ISFP? We are not a Society in the traditional sense. There are no rules or regulations, only an understanding that members should behave in a responsible way, treat one another with respect. We will never ask anything of you, but if you want to contribute, send an email to klempner@fastmail.net and we can discuss your ideas!

Long live the ISFP!

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International Society for Philosophers
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Books by Geoffrey Klempner
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[Pathways] Pathways to Philosophy: Important Notice

Pathways to Philosophy: Important Notice

On 31st December 2020 the Pathways to Philosophy web site and all associated web pages will be permanently removed from the web.

After that date, pages will still be accessible at https://web.archive.org, where you can trace the history of the Pathways web sites all the way back to 1997–8.

As from now, there will be very few, if any updates. However, all pages will remain in place until the end date.

Students currently enrolled with Pathways will continue to receive support. However, applications have now been permanently closed.

I have a huge amount of people to thank for their support over the years. First and foremost, the hundreds of students who have enrolled with Pathways going back to 1995, before Pathways went on the web. For a time, a significant proportion of these students were supported by the Pathways mentors working pro bono. Then there are all the contributors to the Philosophy Pathways and Philosophy for Business e-journals, the Panel of Ask a Philosopher, the Board of the International Society for Philosophers, not to forget all the people who have joined the ISFP since it was founded in 2002.

Finally, are many other individuals not included in these groups who have corresponded with me, offered their advice, commented on my writings and given unfailing support. I am grateful to you all.

Why now? That is a far better question than simply, 'Why?' Because everything has a beginning and an end, even (or maybe especially) good things, because I feel now that I have achieved all that I set out to do. Because, I need the maximum amount of time remaining to me to pursue my own personal 'ring quest' in Philosophy.

I have written about this in numerous places. I currently have fifteen books in Kindle eBook and paperback. Here are the titles, in the order in which the books were first published on Amazon:

The Metaphysics of Meaning, 2016
Naive Metaphysics: a theory of subjective and objective worlds, 2016
Ethical Dilemmas: a primer for decision makers, 2016
Philosophizer, 2016
Philosophy Q and A, 2017
Philosophizer (Black Edition), 2017
Philosophizer's Bible, 2019
The Possible World Machine, 2019
Searching for the Soul, 2019
The First Philosophers, 2019
Language and the World, 2019
Reason, Values and Conduct, 2019
The Ultimate Nature of Things, 2019
I Might Not Have Existed But Someone Exactly Like Me Might Have Existed In My Place: the idiotic conundrum, 2020
A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales: twenty sci-fi stories with a philosophical twist, 2020

You can find all the relevant URLs on my CV page https://philosophypathways.com/vita.html. Do consider looking up my books on Amazon. There will be more writings in the pipeline, but I cannot say exactly when!

Geoffrey Klempner
klempner@fastmail.net

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Pathways School of Philosophy
http://www.philosophypathways.com

International Society for Philosophers
http://www.isfp.co.uk

Books by Geoffrey Klempner
http://amzn.to/2eNgaOh

YouTube channel
https://youtube.com/gvklempner

Facebook
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[Pathways] Review the Pathways to Philosophy Programs on Amazon

Programs
https://philosophypathways.com/programs/pak1.html

Books
https://philosophypathways.com/#books

Since 1995 when Pathways was first launched, hundreds of students have followed the six Pathways to Philosophy programs.

In 2019 I took the decision to make the six Pathways available as stand-alone books for students who didn't need external support:

- The Possible World Machine
- Searching for the Soul
- The First Philosophers
- Language and the World
- Reason, Values and Conduct
- The Ultimate Nature of Things

The text of each stand-alone book is identical to that of the fifteen unit program, including the five sets of essay questions.

Sadly, to date, only two reviews of the Pathways programs have appeared on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. If you enjoyed reading these why not write a review?

Many customers don't realize that you don't need to have purchased a book on Amazon in order to be able to write a review. All you need is to have an account with Amazon that you are actively using.

A review can be as long as an essay, or just one or two lines. It is normal to give five stars unless you feel that the book falls short of your expectations in some way. That's how these things are interpreted.

The same applies to my eight (or nine) books:

- The Metaphysics of Meaning (2016)
- Naive Metaphysics: a theory of subjective and objective worlds (2016)
- Ethical Dilemmas: a primer for decision makers (2016)
- Philosophizer (2016)
- Philosophy Q and A (2017)
- Philosophizer (Black Edition) (2017)
- Philosophizer's Bible (2019)
- I Might Not Have Existed But Someone Exactly Like Me
Might Have Existed In My Place: the idiotic conundrum (2020)
- A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales: twenty sci-fi
stories with a philosophical twist (2020)

If you go to https://philosophypathways.com/#books you will find links that you can click that will open a page on Amazon where you can write a review of one or more of my books.

If you go to https://philosophypathways.com/programs/pak1.html you will find links that you can click for the six stand-alone Pathways to Philosophy.

I have given links for Amazon US and Amazon UK. If you have an account on a different Amazon just change the URL (to amazon.de, amazon.com.au, amazon.fr or etc.)

I would appreciate it if you would consider writing a review.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

If you do not wish to receive any more these emails in your Inbox you can unsubscribe by writing to philosophypathways@fastmail.net or going to https://lists.shef.ac.uk/sympa/info/philosophypathways.

Geoffrey Klempner
klempner@fastmail.net

16th June 2020

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[Pathways] 'A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales' by Geoffrey Klempner

A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales: twenty sci-fi stories with a philosophical twist

I have published another book, which is available in Kindle format and in paperback from Amazon:

US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089XZGRHF
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089XZGRHF

The sci-fi short stories collected in this book were written at two different times. I wrote ten over 1990-1 for philosophy classes run by the WEA, Sheffield. I later used these for first-year tutorial sessions at Sheffield University.

In 1995, my sci-fi stories became the backbone of the first of my six Pathways to Philosophy, 'The Possible World Machine'. Over the years, they have been read and commented on by numerous students from every angle and have stood the test of time.

One of these stories, 'The Black Box' was selected for the 5th edition of 'Doing Philosophy: an introduction through thought experiments' edited by Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn, published by McGraw Hill.

This prompted me to have another try, and in 2012 I wrote another ten sci-fi stories. All were around 800 words, more sketches than complete stories and in need of further development. But I kept putting this off until now. The pandemic may well have played a significant part in prompting me to work on these until I was satisfied with the result. Extracts can be found at https://philosophicaltales.blogspot.com.

CONTENTS

A Better Ray Gun
The Black Box
I Love Your Waspish Waist
Walkabout
A Million Dark Years
A Case of Doubt
The Last... What?
A Lesson in Biology
Alien Baby
The Insurance Policy
Perfect Day
The Good Witness
Hare and Hounds
The Fatalists
Hold That Sucker Down
The Ministry of Perception
Go Deep
Space Hopper
That Feeling When
Message From a Lonely Planet

Geoffrey Klempner
klempner@fastmail.net


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http://www.philosophypathways.com

International Society for Philosophers
http://www.isfp.co.uk

Books by Geoffrey Klempner
http://amzn.to/2eNgaOh

YouTube channel
https://youtube.com/gvklempner

Facebook
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[Pathways] New book by Geoffrey Klempner

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Kindle version of my new book 'I Might Not Have Existed But Someone Exactly Like Me Might Have Existed In My Place: the idiotic conundrum'. A paperback version will be following soon.

Here is the Amazon.com page for my book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089FQZVQR

(The cover design is intentionally provocative.)

From the description:

"This book represents the product of a year's work on a single Question (note the capital letter), which I call the 'idiotic conundrum'. It falls into two Parts, plus an Appendix.

"Part I consists of writing done over July and August 2019. I didn't know then, or hadn't planned that this would turn into a book. I was simply pursuing an investigation, and in each writing session something came to light that I hadn't considered before. I stopped when I ran out of new ideas.

"Part II consists of writing done during May 2020. A new lead had emerged, and I pursued it as far as I could. It ends with a discovery that has forced me to reassess all the work I have done to date.

"In the Appendix, I have placed transcripts of my three recent YouTube videos, which deal with the same Question. These were done in September and December 2019 and February 2020, in between the two pieces of writing."

Geoffrey Klempner

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Pathways School of Philosophy
http://www.philosophypathways.com

International Society for Philosophers
http://www.isfp.co.uk

Books by Geoffrey Klempner
http://amzn.to/2eNgaOh

YouTube channel
https://youtube.com/gvklempner

Facebook
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[Pathways] 'Metaphyscal Vision' by D. R. Khashaba

METAPHYSICAL VISION

Collection of essays presenting my final philosophical statement in the form of a personal metaphysical vision.

Download pdf:

https://ia601508.us.archive.org/3/items/metaphysical-vision/METAPHYSICAL%20VISION.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

[Pathways] Public lecture by Zoom: Jane Heal, 11 May

Public lecture by Zoom: Jane Heal

You are cordially invited to join the University of Manchester Philosophy Department for this year's Dorothy Emmet Lecture, coming to you via Zoom.

When: Monday 11 May, 5pm-6.15pm (45 mins talk, 30 mins Q&A)
Speaker: Jane Heal (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
Title: On Underestimating "Us"

"Human beings are social animals. A solitary life would be horrible for most of us. What makes life worthwhile is being with others and engaging in shared projects with them. To do justice to these facts, philosophers (and economists and other social scientists) need to pay more attention to the first person plural, we/us, and to rethink their accounts of decision making and of value and virtue."

Being a public lecture it should be accessible to all — so if you have any non-philosophy friends who might like to come, or other channels to advertise it on, please do; we can accommodate up to 500 people and would love to have a big audience.

To register, go to:
https://tinyurl.com/emmet-2020

Or if you want to know a little bit more about it first (or post a link on social media):
https://tinyurl.com/emmet-2020-eventbrite

With best wishes,
Helen

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Helen Beebee | Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy | Department of Philosophy | School of Social Sciences | Humanities Bridgeford Street | University of Manchester | Manchester | M13 9PL
helen.beebee@manchester.ac.uk | https://www.manchester.ac.uk/philosophy

[Pathways] Open Access philosophy available from Springer

One of my students has alerted me to the fact that a large number of books and articles are currently available free online from Springer publishers:

https://link.springer.com/search?facet-discipline=%22Philosophy%22&showAll=false

This link will take you to the results page for Philosophy, excluding 'preview only' (subscription) content -- a massive 387 pages of results. In total, there are 7721 entries.

A veritable bonanza.

Geoffrey Klempner

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Pathways School of Philosophy
http://www.philosophypathways.com

International Society for Philosophers
http://www.isfp.co.uk

Books by Geoffrey Klempner
http://amzn.to/2eNgaOh

YouTube channel
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Facebook
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The end of SYMPA and the new Pathways

According to Wikipedia, 'SYMPA is a Mailing list management (MLM) software. Its name, which is an acronym for Systeme de Multi-Postage A...