General Discussion: Introduction to Philosophy

@benjamin.martin Hi Benjamin, it looks like either logic or metaphysics is open in terms of needing a part editor. Are you still interested in doing that? We are having a meeting for part editors soon so please let us know if yes!

@palmaadriano Hi Palma–thanks for your interest and welcome! Right now it’s Ethics and Aesthetics that have Editors who are ready to work with people ready to write content, and we have just signed on Editors for Social/Political and Philosophy of Religion. I am hoping we will get people volunteering as Editors for Metaphysics, Phil of Mind, or Logic soon. So if you’re thinking of writing content for one of those areas, we need to wait to get an Editor in place for one of those parts.

It would be great if you could tell us a little more about your background and experience in teaching philosophy, just so we get to know each other here!

And yes, we know the software here could be improved. We’re working on it! :slight_smile:

@clhendricksbc Hi Christina. Yes, I’d be delighted to help with logic as part editor. I look forward to having the meeting – any idea on a date and time yet? My email address is if you’d rather contact via email.

Hi @benjamin.martin - welcome aboard! Great to have you join us. I’ll send you an email now with the time and date of the meeting.

@benjamin.martin Ha! I was going to log in today and volunteer to be the logic part editor. Oh well, you’re welcome to it, Benjamin. I’m happy to contribute a chapter (or maybe more), though. My own open-access logic text (currently undergoing final editing) is available to be appropriated and cannibalized as necessary. Here is a link to the latest draft:


@knachel Thanks Matt, we really appreciate it! There’ll still be plenty of ways to contribute :slight_smile: Exciting to hear your text is in final editing, let us know when you’re releasing it and we’ll give it a signal boost.

@knachel Great to hear we already have an author of a chapter (or more) lined up for logic! And also great to hear you’re finalizing an open logic text!

@administrators @clhendricksbc @zoe I am not sure exactly how the sharing and commenting permissions work on Google Drive, but I have attempted to share the three draft chapters than have thus far been submitted on Google Drive as open for comments only to all who have the link. Would you mind checking that from your end to see if it is set up properly? It seems that the sub-folder “submitted chapters” into which I moved them has vanished – it no longer shows up in the main folder for the textbook.

@geoslack Hi George! I’ve double checked, and the three submitted files are all set to the right permissions where anyone with the link can comment. I don’t know what happened to the folder (we haven’t done anything on our end!) but I’ve changed some settings so have a look again and see if it’s there for you now. If not, let me know and I’ll take another look. Thanks!

@zoe I see the chapters submissions folder with the submitted chapters on my end… but maybe that’s just because it’s in the folder that I already have permission to see (the folder with all our stuff related to this textbook). I’m assuming that @geoslack has that permission too?

@clhendricksbc @zoe I see the submitted chapters but not the folder that they are in. That folder with files inside was visible to me until I changed the permissions of the files to allow people with the link to comment but not edit.

@geoslack I’ve just shared the folder with you directly - hopefully that fixes things?

Hi everyone,

We have new Part Editors for several parts of this text, and some of them have created outlines for their Parts that are ready for comment by people in this group. Here is what we have ready for comment:

Social & Political philosophy: outline is here, join the discussion thread here

Logic: outline is here, join the discussion thread here

Philosophy of Mind: outline is here, join the discussion thread here

Philosophy of Religion: outline is here, join the discussion thread here

Note that for any discussion threads you want to follow, it’s good to click “watching” at the bottom to make sure you get email notifications when there are new posts. I think that if you post to the thread you’re automatically watching but I’m not 100% positive of that.

Finally, there are still some chapters remaining on Ethics and Aesthetics, in case anyone wanted to sign-up for them! Look at the chapters available, and indicate your interest in this discussion thread.

And we have one more new Part outline ready for comments! It’s on Metaphysics. See the information and link to that outline on the Metaphysics thread:

Please read the outline and make comments if you feel you have expertise in metaphysics!

Thanks to everyone who provided their feedback on the various part outlines! They are now closed for comments. We will start looking for chapter authors for these parts very soon, and if you’re interested in contributing, look for gaps in the Public TOC and indicate your interest in this thread.

Hi everyone,

We’ve made a lot of progress finalizing the chapters for several parts, and are now looking to recruit authors! We’re looking for contributors for these parts:

There are also some outstanding chapters in the Ethics and Aesthetics parts.

If you’d like to write a chapter, please comment in the appropriate part thread (linked above) and include:

  • your CV
  • a brief summary of your experience teaching an introductory course in philosophy, and
  • the chapter(s) you want to write.

Alternatively, you can send me this information via email (send to, and I will pass it along to the part editors in question.

The chapters in each part are listed in the Public TOC spreadsheet.

Hi folks, the outline for the Aesthetics book in this series has now been revised by one of our newest editors, Valery Vinogradvos, and we are eager to hear your feedback! Please read through outline in Google Docs, linked above, and leave your comments there, before Feb. 13. Valery will make final edits to the outline based on your feedback, and we’ll begin looking for chapter authors soon after.

We also have some exciting news about how the series is progressing so far, so stay tuned to hear more updates from @clhendricksbc!

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As promised in the last post, here is an update as to where we are at the moment with what has now become a series of books rather than a single, large book.

We have nine books in the series, and each now has an editor! You can see all the parts and the chapters we have authors for at the moment, on our Public Table of Contents.

The person who was the editor for Aesthetics had to leave the project, and we just recently found a new editor. As noted in the previous message, there is a revised outline for the book that is open for comment. There were already some chapters written, and they’ll fit into the outline, but the outline also adds more chapter ideas.

We recently got an editor for the Philosophy of Science book as well, and an outline for that book is on its way soon, to be open for comment.

Finally, we have three books that have been through peer review and are nearing production: Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, and Logic. Look for those to be out and available soon!


Looking for people to review and comment on the outline of proposed chapters for our newest book, Philosophy of Science!

We have an editor for the book, Eran Asoulin, and he has drafted an outline of chapters. Please read and comment on it at the above link. We’ll leave it open for comment until about the end of the first week of March.

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We are also looking for anyone who would be willing to help input chapters from one or more books into the PressBooks platform, as we near the point of publication for three of our books! We need help with not only copying and pasting into PressBooks, but also some cleanup of formatting after the input.

Copyeditors would be helpful too!

If you’d be willing to do any of that work, please reply. Thanks!

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