[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
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[Pathways] 'Rethinking Whitehead: A critique of Whitehead's metaphysical cosmology' by D. R. Khashaba

RETHINKING WHITEHEAD

A critique of Whitehead's metaphysical cosmology

Whitehead's Process and Reality is subtitled "An Essay in Cosmology". In this essay I will, with utmost diffidence, try to show that Whitehead, in his inspiringly insightful philosophy of organism, has inadvertently strayed into an unnatural hybrid metaphysical cosmology [...]

https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/rethinking-whitehead/

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

[Pathways] 'What is Philosophy? The Case for Relevance' by Max Malikow

Out on Amazon now:

'What Is Philosophy and Why Study It? The Case for Relevance'

by Max Malikow

The purpose of this book is to make the case for the study of philosophy being as relevant to real life as is the study of psychology. Since I have written for philosophy students I offer a caveat to anyone who has encountered this book apart from an academic assignment: Unavoidably, writing for a specific audience reduces the value of a book for readers who are outside the intended audience. Still, I hope anyone who invests in reading the pages that follow will be influenced to believe that philosophy is indeed relevant to the pursuit of a rich and meaningful life.

Paperback: 98 pages

Published: 20 Feb 2020

https://www.amazon.com/What-Philosophy-Why-Study-Relevance/dp/1733454020/

ISBN-10: 1733454020
ISBN-13: 978-1733454025

[Pathways] Can anyone teach these philosophical topics over the summer by correspondence?

I have received this somewhat unusual inquiry from Nicola D'Alessandro. If you think that you would be suitably qualified to offer summer tuition via old-fashioned correspondence and/ or telephone please write to me at klempner@fastmail.net and I will forward your reply to Nicola.

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From: Nicola D'Alessandro
To: klempner@fastmail.net
Subject: Courses enquiry
Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 7:05 PM

Dear sir,

I'm looking for any information you have on correspondence courses and distance learning. I'm trying to find a suitable summer course for a client who is currently studying with the Open University and wants to make use of his summer break. He does *not* have internet access so the correspondence nature of the course is very important - he does have telephone, however!

Areas of interest are: self philosophy, Nietzsche, the Stoics, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates. (Off the agenda are ethics and humanitarianism, social philosophy).

If you have any thoughts or ideas then I would be most grateful.

Kind regards,

Nicola

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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
https://www.facebook.com/geoffreyklempner/

[Pathways] 'Philosophy as a Universe of Discourse' by D.R. Khashaba

PHILOSOPHY AS UNIVERSE OF DISCOURSE

The way to end the twin evils of dogmatism and interminable disputation in metaphysics.

"Throughout my writings I have been trying to put forward an uncommon conception of the nature of philosophical thinking. In this essay I go back to a concept that I introduced in my first book, 'Let Us Philosophize' (1998, 2008), and that has ever been fundamental to my philosophic outlook, hoping that by further specifying and articulating the concept I it might help men give a clearer and more definite account of metaphysical philosophy as I see it [...]"

https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/philosophy-as-universe-of-discourse/

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

[Pathways] 'Agency: Moral Identity and Free Will' by David Weissman - Open Book Publishers

'Agency: Moral Identity and Free Will' by David Weissman

There is agency in all we do: thinking, doing, or making. We invent a tune, play, or use it to celebrate an occasion. Or we make a conceptual leap and ask more abstract questions about the conditions for agency. They include autonomy and self-appraisal, each contested by arguments immersing us in circumstances we don't control. But can it be true we that have no personal responsibility for all we think and do?

'Agency: Moral Identity and Free Will' proposes that deliberation, choice, and free will emerged within the evolutionary history of animals with a physical advantage: organisms having cell walls or exoskeletons had an internal space within which to protect themselves from external threats or encounters. This defense was both structural and active: such organisms could ignore intrusions or inhibit risky behavior. Their capacities evolved with time: inhibition became the power to deliberate and choose the manner of one's responses. Hence the ability of humans and some other animals to determine their reactions to problematic situations or to information that alters values and choices. This is free will as a material power, not as the conclusion to a conceptual argument. Having it makes us morally responsible for much we do. It prefigures moral identity.

Closely argued but plainly written, 'Agency: Moral Identity and Free Will' speaks for autonomy and responsibility when both are eclipsed by ideas that embed us in history or tradition. Our sense of moral choice and freedom is accurate. We are not altogether the creatures of our circumstances.

This is an open access monograph that is available to read and download for free at Open Book Publishers. If you are interested in browsing this title, sharing the news with your colleagues and students and/or getting your own hard copy you can do so at https://www.openbookpublishers.com.

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