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.

  • Richard Lyons, of Faculty Development Associates, has one of the most comprehensive lists of online resources for professors, but most of these are not philosophy specific.

  • 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.

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

  • Podcasts.  Our students are constantly plugged into their iPods listening to music, but there are also many interesting podcasts of philosophy talks and lectures. 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.  For example, they have a recent program on Stoicism that interviews John Cooper from Princeton but also includes discussions of the movie Gladiator, and for less formal podcasts, check out 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 reasources, including a dictionary of philosophical terms, crosslinked to some of the Internet encyclopedias.

  • Philosophy Around the Web also has a wide variety of resources.

  • In Socrates' Wake is an interesting blog, which features frequent postings on teaching philosophy.

  • EpistemeLinks is managed by Thomas Ryan Stone. Stone has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a year of gradute work, and now shows his love of the field by managing this extremely extensive site with links to many topics including useful teaching materials.

  • 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.

  • Clever students at one of the Monument Charter Schools have found an interesting website on famous philosophers, maintained by an online business school web.

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



Update: 17 Dec. 2015