Online Resources for Philosophy 105 "Introduction to Philosophy and Religion"
Dr. Ron Epstein

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SFSU Philosophy Department
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy on the Net
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names


Resources for the Study of Religion
General Religion
Pluralism Project: Selected Links by Tradition
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion


One Reality, Many Perspectives?
Who Am I, What is the Meaning of My Life, and How Can I Transform Myself?

How Should I Act?
Making Sense of Relationships: What is Love?
What Is Our Place in Nature?

1) One Reality, Many Perspectives?

Paradigms and Perception


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions--Outline and Study Guide

World Views

"How Culture Molds Habits of Thought" by Erica Goode

Timeline of Major Critical Theories in US

Theoretical Paradigms

Worldviews: From Fragmentation to Integration

Five Worldviews

Lawson, Hilary. “Stephen Hawking is Wrong.”

Carroll, John. “I Enjoy Being a Virus.”

Stokes, Gale. “Why the West? The Unsettled Question of Europe’s Ascendancy.

The Reflective Judgment Model Stage Related Assumptions about Knowing. 

2) Who Am I, What is the Meaning of My Life, and How Can I Transform Myself?

"The Purpose of Life for the Individual." World Scripture.

Research Sources on Concepts of Person and Self

"Rethinking Reverence for Life" by Mike W. Martin

"A Confession" by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Walden by Henry Thoreau

"The Looking-Glass Self", Human Nature and the Social Order by Charles Horton Cooley

Descartes, Rene. Discourse on Method.

The ‘Newly Defined’ Burden of Mental Problems.”

de Waal, Frans B.M.. “Do Humans Alone ‘Feel Your Pain’?”

Questions of King Milinda.

Illustration of Plato's Cave Allegory

“The Cave.” Plato’s Republic.    


3) How Should I Act?

Ethics Updates

"Introduction to Ethics" by Robert Cavalier

"Buddhist Ideas for Attaining World Peace" by Ron Epstein

Ramonet, Ignacio. “Manufacturing Desire.”

Flood, Harry. "Manufacturing Desire."

Osborne, Lawrence. "Consuming Rituals of the Suburban Tribe."

“Deaths by Mass Unpleasantness: Estimated Totals for the Entire  20th Century”

Lasley, Janet and Pickett, Ilayna . “Introduction to Types of Ethical Systems.”         

Kohlberg's Moral Stages                                                                                   

“[Nobel Laureate] Jody Williams.”

“Frontier Gandhi.”

"The Islamic Gandhi: The world needs to know about Abdul Ghaffar Khan" by Amitabh Pal

“Peacemaker Hero: John Wallach.”

Bornstein, David. “The Barefoot Bank with Cheek.”

Bornstein, David. “Changing the World on a Shoestring.”

Thanissaro Bhikkhu. “The Healing Power of the Precepts.”                                                     

Thich Nhat Hanh. “Embracing Anger.”

Wendell Berry. "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear."

4) Making Sense of Relationships: What is Love?

"So You Think You're in Love?"

"Love (Theological Virtue)" (Catholic Encyclopedia)

"The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta)" by Ñanamoli Thera.

Nagarjuna Bodhisattva. "The Four Immeasurable Minds"  Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom.

Whitehead, Barbara Dafoe. “Dan Quayle Was Right.”

Muller, Charles, tr. “ Analects of Confucius.”

Muller, Charles, tr. "The Great Learning."

“Metta Sutta”

Venerable Hung I. “The Cultivation and Uplifting of Loving-Kindness.”

) Our Place in Nature.

Environmental Ethics

Envirolink Library

How to Win an Argument with a Meat-Eater

"A Buddhist Perspective on Animal Rights" by Ron Epstein

“Realities for the 90's”

Annan, Kofi. "Kofi Annan's Astonishing Facts."

“World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.”

The Garden Project

Stevens, William K. “How Much is Nature Worth?”

White, Lynn, Jr. “Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis.”

Thich Nhat Hanh. “Interbeing.”                                                                                                                 

Bogo, Jennifer. “Widespread Chemical Exposure Threatens Our Most Vulnerable Population.”

Ethics and Science in Natural Resource Agencies

Science, Technology and Religion

Joy, Bill. “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us.”

Genetic Engineering and Its Dangers

Steinbrenner, Dr. Ricarda. "What Is Genetic Engineering?"               

Epstein, Ron. “Redesigning the World: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering.”

"Genetic Engineering: A Buddhist Assessment" by Ron Epstein

Preston, Richard. “Annals of Warfare: the Bioweaponeers.”


Revised December, 2001.
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