Below are links to select sets of short introductory readings from 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology to help create “course modules” or “teaching units” on common topics in introductory philosophy and ethics courses: 

Note: there are some formatting problems below of unknown origin. We are trying to fix that!

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Here is a rough draft of a potential syllabus, or an order of readings. Of course, philosophy and ethics courses can have many structures and this is just one possibility!

Some essays good for the beginning of a class:



Ethical Theories and Theories of Justice

Contemporary Moral and Social Issues


Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Race

Philosophy of Sex and Gender

Philosophy of Science

Historical Philosophy 

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Comments are open below for suggestions!

2 thoughts on “Teaching

  1. A great source! Request if ‘pre-socratics’ may be added, plz! (I teach philosophy, mainly the history of philosophic thought) Tnxez plz! Asad.

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