In this section we hope to have a number of resources that can supplement the classic philosophical texts. We are looking for films, novels, technologies, or other non-mainstream sources. Here are just a few to stimulate your thinking. Send us your own examples.
- Feminism and Multiculturalism. Both for philosophical and pedagogical reasons, we need to cover more than just the traditional European, white, male philosophers of the philosophical canon.
- Technology. Our students respond to technology, and there are many new resources for intro classes.
- Film. Many of our students relate more to films than to texts, and there are many films that raise philosophical questions.
- Collaborative Learning. Once they leave school, many students will be working in teams. Collaborative learning projects help them do that.
- Facebook. This major time-waster can also be used to accomplish some academic goals.
- Humor. Fortunately, we don't always take ourselves too seriously, and there are lots of humor resources that can spice up your intro course.
- Art Images. There are a number of images from the fine arts that can be useful for webpages.
- YouTube. YouTube has a surprising amount of useful material, and it is very easy to access.
- Popular Culture. Including elements of popular culture is a time-honored way to spice up a philosophy course, but it also poses some risks.
- Spanish translations of Descartes' Meditations and Plato are available, and may be of help to Spanish speaking students.
Author: John Immerwahr
Update: March 16, 2009