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Pathways to Philosophy
in paperback and eBook

From January 2019, the six Pathways to Philosophy are being made available as book-length paperbacks and as Amazon Kindle eBooks. This will be of interest to readers who prefer to study without the additional support available to students who have joined Pathways to Philosophy.

Each of the six books includes the full text of the original fifteen-unit Pathways program, together with the five sets of essay questions to use as a study and revision aid.

Pathways Program A: The Possible World Machine
The Possible World Machine
Pathways Program A.
Introduction to Philosophy

How different might the world have been from the way it actually is? Thinking about possible worlds is an important tool of philosophy. Such 'thought experiments' challenge our intuitions concerning the limits of logic and meaning [contd.]

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Pathways Program B: Searching for the Soul
Searching for the Soul
Pathways Program B.
Philosophy of Mind

What is the relationship between mind and body? We shall be investigating the background to Descartes' argument in the Meditations for a dualism of mental and material substances, based on the impossibility of doubting the existence of the 'I' that says, 'I think.' [contd.]

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Pathways Program C: The First Philosophers
The First Philosophers
Pathways Program C.
Ancient Philosophy

How did philosophy begin? Some time around 600 BC in ancient Greece a radically new idea took root. Beliefs about a world derived from religious dogma and often lurid myths handed down from generation to generation gave way to the idea of logos, the notion of a universe structured on rational principles [contd.]

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Pathways Program D: Language and the World
Language and the World
Pathways Program D.
Philosophy of Language

How does thought relate to reality? One answer is, 'Through the medium of language.' That answer, a major outcome of developments in philosophy in the 20th century, implies a necessary priority of language over thought [contd.]

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Pathways Program E: Reason, Values and Conduct
Reason, Values and Conduct
Pathways Program E.
Moral Philosophy

Why should I be moral? The view that it is in my self-interest to consider the possible harm my actions might do to others encounters the objection that sometimes it can appear very much against our own interests to act morally [contd.]

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Pathways Program F: The Ultimate Nature of Things
The Ultimate Nature of Things
Pathways Program F.

Is there more to existence than the familiar objects of sense perception, or the underlying structures that science describes? Are there things that lie beyond the mundane world of empirical inquiry, things whose nature can only be approached through pure reasoning? [contd.]

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