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Introduction to Philosophy

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Philosophy (common course-id PHIL 100), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

C-ID Number: PHIL 100

General Course Description: PHIL 100

This course introduces philosophical ideas and methods concerning knowledge, reality and values.  Expected topics will include the sources and limits of knowledge, and the nature of reality. Other topics that may be examined from a philosophical perspective include the nature of the self, truth, ethics, religion, science, language, beauty and art, political theory, or mind.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Eligibility for College Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of philosophical methods.
  • Demonstrate an ability to articulate ideas about philosophical issues.
  • Use philosophical methods, assumptions and principles to analyze philosophical ideas and positions.
  • Evaluate philosophical arguments, methods, assumptions, and principles for consistency, relevance, and truth.


Written work, including:

  • essays,
  • term papers, and
  • exams.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • An Introduction to  Philosophy
    An Introduction to Philosophy (Open (Access) Textbook)
    In this text it is my task to challenge the reader, to invite and to encourage the reader to think and to think... More
  • Introduction to Philosophy
    Introduction to Philosophy (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is a free, online textbook for WikiBooks, so it is continually being updated. Topics include: The Nature of... More
  • Reading for Philosophical Inquiry: A Brief Introduction to Philosophical Thinking, An Open Source Reader
    This is a free, online textbook that is available in several formats. The book is designed as a first introduction to... More