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The School of Athens ~ Raphael


Welcome to the School of Philosophy. Philosophy is essentially the study of those questions for which science has not given us an answer. But ideally philosophy may question meaning and "love of wisdom". Philosophy concerns itself with such issues as the nature of reality, the existence of a higher power, ethics, logic, and the question of what we can really know. If there is a historical period of philosophy, a particular philosopher, or a school of thought that you think should be covered here, and isn't, please feel free to create a page for it, add whatever content you can, and link to it from within the appropriate department.

Departmental Outline of Philosophical TopicsEdit

Divisions and Departments of the School exist on pages in "topic" namespace. Start the name of departments with the "Topic:" prefix; departments reside in the Topic: namespace. Departments and divisions link to learning materials and learning projects. Divisions can link subdivisions or to departments. For more information on schools, divisions and departments look at the Naming Conventions. Note: there are additional philosophy pages that need to be imported from Wikibooks.

By-Laws (Draft)Edit

The scope of the department of philosophy is discussion of an array of philosophical topics at various levels of competence; the development of competent, accessible expositions on a wide array of philosophical topics (the topics discussed shall be at least reflective of current philosophical thought and any topics out of the mainstream shall be required to include any charitable mainstream critiques of the topic), the development of a comprehensive listing of philosophical resources on the internet, the development of a departmental forum for the discussion and debate of policy, content, community.

The department of philosophy aims for the highest quality philosophical forums and resources in the world. Community shall be the highest priority of this department. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to departmental discussion and exposition. All that is required for successful contribution is compliance with policy. Policy can only encourage accessibility and clarity of content. Policy shall not censor any viewpoints. Members may discuss critiques of any views. By allowing critique, exposition facilitate expositions which are neutral.

Expositions shall be aimed at level typically expected of students at the tertiary level. Learners of any age and skill level can utilize discussion groups. If any particular exposition leads to any questions, the department encourages the learner to post all questions on the skill-level appropriate discussion group--as a community we will respond to questions.

Mission StatementEdit

  1. To have fun
  2. To create and maintain a comprehensive resource for the study of philosophy
  3. To go about edits in an orderly fashion
  4. To develop and enforce quality standards
  5. To develop and maintain a community of passionate learners
  6. To educate about best practices when editing


  1. Participants shall maintain academic civility in all communication
  2. Be bold!
  3. Demand justification for all decisions
  4. Always look for and voice objections
  5. Be charitable when representing or responding to other's views


  • Discussion: Beginner and Intermediate

Beginner Level

  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • 305: Introduction to Logic
  • 320: Ancient
  • 321: Early Modern
  • 322: Introduction to Metaphysics
  • 323: Introduction to Epistemology
  • 234.1: Introduction to Ethical Theory
  • 234.2: Introduction to Applied Ethical Theory

Intermediate Level

  • Major Canonical Philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, and Kant
  • 18th and 19th Century Philosophy
  • 20th Century Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Contemporary Metaphysics
  • Contemporary Epistemology

Advanced Studies

Note: Areas are available for the beginner and intermediate competency levels. Your edits in any area of advanced studies shall reflect an awareness of the departmental by-laws, history of philosophy, meta-philosophy, and major trends in contemporary philosophy.

Discussion: Ethics

Discussion: Metaphysics

Discussion: Epistemology

Discussion: Proposals for a New Discussion Topic in Advanced Studies

Miscellaneous Topics in Philosophy and Related Areas

Learning Projects

Learning ResourcesEdit


Canonical Texts

I propose that the following list be doubled so as to include an external link where the reading material may be found online for free. If this list cannot be made so, perhaps an additional list should be compiled. This would make it much easier to 'get started.' Thanks!


Departmental Message BoardEdit

List of Philosophical Resources on InternetEdit

This is the gateway for information about the courses and philosophy in general. We hope that its size and scope will increase dramatically as participation in the School increases. We welcome input from all philosophies and philosophers.

This is a synopsis of theories and ideas during the development of philosophy over time.

Active participantsEdit

The histories of Wikiversity pages indicate who the active participants are. If you are an active participant in this school, you can list your name here (this can help small schools grow and the participants communicate better; for large schools it is not needed).

Inactive participantsEdit

School newsEdit

External linksEdit