Resources for Teaching Philosophy

The following are some resources for teaching philosophy at the university level.

    Organizations & Web Resources


American Association of Philosophy Teachers - includes a listserv and newsletter.

UC Berkeley's Teaching Resources - for TAs, not specific to philosophy.

Cornell's Center for Teaching Excellence - lots of tips and ideas for designing courses, not specific to philosophy.

Philosophical Films - information and study questions to facilitate use of popular films in philosophy courses, from James Fieser.

Teach Philosophy 101 - a very extensive site.

American Philosophical Association's Teaching Resources page.

Philosophy Resources for Educators - focuses mostly on pre-college teaching of philosophy.

        Topic Specific:

Aesthetics On-Line - numerous links and on-line articles on teaching aesthetics.

Critical Thinking Community - includes essays on teaching critical thinking and many other resources.

Critical Thinking On The Web Teaching Resources - includes articles and links.


NOTE: There are numerous books on college teaching. The following list is limited to works at least in part written by or for philosophers.
Blackburn, Patrick, Tools for Teaching Logic: Third International Congress, (Springer, 2011).

Cahn, Steven M., Teaching Philosophy: A Guide, (Routledge, 2018).

Cahn, Steven, et al, ed.s, Philosophers in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching, (Hackett, 2018)

Callahan, Sidney and Sisela Bok, Ethics Teaching in Higher Education, (Springer, 1980).

Clay, Marjorie, ed., Teaching Theory of Knowledge, (Council for Philosophical Studies, 1986). Available online.
- collection of papers, syllabi, etc., resulting from the 1986 NEH Summer Institute on Theory of Knowledge.

Evans, David and Ioanna Kucuradi, Teaching Philosophy on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, (Ankara: International Federation of Philosophical Societies, 1998).

Gullett, Margaret, ed., The Art and Craft of Teaching, (Harvard University Press, 1984).
- collection of articles originally intended for TAs at Harvard University; excellent discussion of the basics. Includes an article by Thomas Kasulis.

Hamlyn, D. W., Being A Philosopher: The History of A Practice, (Routledge, 1992).
            - apparently mostly about the history of the teaching of the discipline.

Kasachkoff, Tziporah, ed., In The Socratic Tradition, (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).
- collection of articles from the APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy; an excellent resource.

Kasachkoff, Tziporah, ed., Teaching Philosophy: Theoretical Reflections and Practical Suggestions, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).
            - collection of articles from the APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy.

Kenkmann, Andrea, ed., Teaching Philosophy, (Bloomsbury, 2009).

Markie, Peter J., ed., A Professor's Duties, (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994).
            - collection of articles dealing with the ethics of college teaching.

Schneewind, J. B., ed., Teaching New Histories of Philosophy, (University Center for Human Values, 2004).
            - collection of articles on teaching history of philosophy.

There was also a series of books on teaching ethics entitled "The Teaching of Ethics" and published by The Hastings Center around 1980. It contained roughly a dozen volumes, many specific to a certain area of applied ethics (e.g., one on teaching ethics in the military, one on teaching bioethics, etc.).


        Journals Devoted to Teaching Philosophy

APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy - many issues available on-line.

Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis

Discourse: Learning and Teaching Philosophical and Religious Studies

Journal of Business Ethics Education

Teaching Business Ethics

Teaching Ethics

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Theology and Religion

Metaphilosophy - since 1971, has included a regular section entitled "The Philosopher as Teacher." (Dupre Library: B1.M461970-1977; Ebscohost)

        Selected Journals Devoted to College Teaching in General

 College Teaching

 Electronic Journal on Excellence in College Teaching


Papers on Teaching Philosophy from the 20th World Congress of Philosophy - 20 papers devoted to various topics.