Philosophy Workbook

This workbook is a working draft of some work that might turn into a book. It is in very early stages as I have currently only spent a few hours on it. I decided to post it on the web from the beginning, although I did make an earlier attempt from which I will be able to copy some material, although I find I’m discarding a lot as worthless. I hope that this will keep me active on it, if only through shame at it’s rudimentary state.

Although, decades ago, I was a philosophy grad student, and I have continued to study it informally ever since, this is not a traditional academic work of philosophy, but an attempt to work through my own thoughts about thinking. My Twitter profile claims that I am a “Natural Philosopher”, by which I mean a broad version of philosophy which was used before the Natural Sciences split off from Philosophy proper. I don’t think it is wise to quibble about boundaries between disciplines, so you can expect me to stray into what I know about many other topics along the way.

Comments are enabled, though I review them before they are published, mostly in order to filter out the spam or hate groups that will appear if I don’t.

I am also active on Twitter, @eric0lawton, and welcome dialog there. I will tag tweets directly related to this with #philosophy and I will mention any significant updates of this work on Twitter.

Although there will be a book-like hierarchical structure of headings and sub-headings, there will also be extensive cross-links between the pages. The following image shows the intended complete structure at this time. It is an early working draft and I will improve its readability once the structure stabilizes. For those unable to see the complex image, a description in words of the top level follows the image.

Graphical Outline of Sections and Subsections. Four main sections are 
Thinking Tools
Human Systems
The next level for each section is also depicted but will be described in that section.
Workbook structure

There are four main sections. The first is a short introduction. The second introduces a set of thinking tools. The fourth describes a set of human institutions which will be used as context to describe and analyze a set of severe current problems. I have no solutions but I have some suggestions on how we might go about finding solutions.

Next: Introduction; Why Read This

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