Useful Websites, Blogs and Podcasts

  • Engaged Philosophy is a new resource that gives faculty and students tools to implement activist or service projects in philosophy classes—assignment guidelines, sample projects, and testimonials and data supporting civic engagement results.

  • Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO). This website is a very thorough on-line resource for people who are teaching pre-college philosophy. There is, however, much of interest here to college teachers as well.

  • Closer to Truth is a PBS series with programs on various philosophical topics, including episodes on consciousness and God.

  • PhilosophyExperiments.com. This amusing website has a lot of philosophical thought experiments, such as a variation on the trolley problem. 

  • Institute for Philosophy in Public Life produces a radio show and podcast called Why? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life. 

  • Podcasts. There appears to be an amazing amount of philosophy content available already on Apple's iTunes University. The first step is to download a free copy of the iTunes software. Once in the iTunes screen, just entering a word in the search box such as epistemology brings up a number of relevant podcasts including a "Philosophy for Beginners" course from Oxford. TΦ101 has not yet found a systematic way to search what is available.  Some other podcasts of interests are: Philosophy Talk is a Public Radio program from Stanford University on KALW San Francisco and The Partially Examined Life (also available on iTunes).  

  • PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) offers a wide variety of resources for  people interested in pre-college philosophy instruction.

  • PhilosophyPages, compiled by Garth Kemerling has a wealth of resources, including a dictionary of philosophical terms, cross linked to some of the Internet encyclopedias.

  • In Socrates' Wake is an interesting blog, which features frequent postings on teaching philosophy. It is no longer active, but there are lots of great posts in its archives.

  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers. The AAPT's website contains a variety of useful and regularly updating links, blog posts, and more.

  • Ohio State University has a terrific Teaching Handbook

  • Professor David Hildebrand (University of Colorado Denver) has a website with a variety of useful philosophy handouts and lecture notes. 

  • Louis Schmier's Random Thoughts is a blog of his meditations on teaching, education, and life in general, and his essays are also collected in several published volumes. 

  • The Foundation for Critical Thinking has useful material on teaching and assessing development of the critical thinking.

  • AskPhilosophers takes a completely different approach. Students can submit a question about philosophy and volunteers answer the questions.

  • Socrates Cafe a nonprofit organization that facilitates meetings all over the world called "inquiry groups" and hosts a podcast and YouTube channel.

 

 

Update: 17 Dec. 2015; April 2020