Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
University textbooks cost too much. So I've been writing my own - a critical thinking & logic book - to give to my students for free.
University textbooks cost too much. So I've been writing my own - a critical thinking & logic book - to give to my students for free.
707 backers pledged $16,872 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Clear And Present Thinking: A Free College-level Logic Text project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$16,872

707

(Pour la version française, faites défiler la page.)

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

The final product will be a series of pdf downloads for students, and a series of powerpoint slideshows and a test bank for teachers. I will also create a print-on-demand hardcopy option for those who want one, to be sold at the lowest  possible price.

And the more money we raise, the more we will do. If we go beyond the target of $5,000 then we'll be able to create more foreign-language editions, and create an audio version. If we raise a lot more than the target, we'll create a series of YouTube videos, or possibly a smartphone app, all depending on how much is raised.

So, if you agree that college textbooks are far too expensive, and you would like to help lower the cost of education for people in need; if you believe that knowledge is exciting, and should be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible; if you think that good critical thinking skills really do matter; then please support this project.

Thank you, most sincerely, for your support!

Our First Stretch Goal:

If we raise $10,000, then I will create an Audiobooks edition, in the form of a series of MP3's, and I will create a French language edition.  All backers will receive the text in their choice of English or French.

Furthermore, I will email the finished MP3's to everyone who pledges $50 or more.

Our Second Stretch Goal:

If we raise $15,000, I will hire a few actors and we will create a dramatic reading of some of the works of Plato, including the Apology, the Euthyphro, and important scenes in the Republic. These works are read by just about every first-year philosophy student in the world, so they are good choices. I will also produce a study guide to accompany them.

I'm also open to suggestions about other texts to dramatize this way. Please use the comments section under Update #6 to make suggestions. We will create as many of them as the money will allow.

...

Si vous avez pris un cours de philosophie ou de la pensée critique au CÉGEP ou universitaire, vous avez payé une moyenne de 70 $ pour votre manuel. Je pense que c'est trop. Il est particulièrement trop pour les étudiants qui doivent choisir entre la nourriture ou le loyer, deux ou trois fois par an, comme beaucoup de mes élèves. Pourtant, le coût de ces livres ne se couche jamais, parce que les étudiants sont un marché captif.

Alors, j'ai écrit mon propre manuel, de sorte que mes élèves n'ont pas à en acheter un. Je voudrais élargir et l'améliorer et le rendre accessible à tout le monde, gratuitement.

Avec Kickstarter, j'apporter plus de contributeurs, obtenir des ressources de recherche de plus, et embauchent des designers et des artistes et des traducteurs, afin que nous puissions mettre sur pied un outil de très haute qualité d'enseignement, et le rendre disponible à tous les étudiants dans le monde.

Le produit final sera une série de téléchargements pdf pour les étudiants, et une série de diaporamas PowerPoint et un banc d'essai pour les enseignants. Je vais également créer une option d'impression à la demande sur papier pour ceux qui veulent un, pour être vendu à plus bas prix possible.

Et le plus d'argent nous élevons, plus nous allons faire. Si nous allons au-delà de la cible de 5000 $, alors nous serons en mesure de créer plus de langues étrangères éditions, et de créer une version audio. Si nous soulevons un plus grand nombre que la cible, nous allons créer une série de vidéos YouTube, ou peut-être une application smartphone, tout dépend de combien est soulevée.

Donc, si vous êtes d'accord que les manuels scolaires des collèges sont beaucoup trop chers, et que vous souhaitez pour aider à réduire le coût de l'éducation pour les personnes dans le besoin, si vous croyez que la connaissance est passionnante, et devrait être aussi accessible que possible à autant de personnes que possible, si vous pensez que de bonnes habiletés de pensée critique vraiment question; alors s'il vous plaît soutien ce projet.

Je vous remercie, très sincèrement, pour votre assistance!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $7 or more About $7

    You get the book itself in PDF format, and a press kit (also in PDF) that you can use to lobby your professor to use this free textbook instead of a more expensive one from a mainline publisher.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    316 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    I'll send you the book and the press kit in PDF, and a card in the mail, with a personalized message of thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You get the thank-you card, the book in PDF and in hard copy, and the press kit in hardcopy as well. And I'll also throw in the PowerPoint slides. AND I'll also put your name in the book as a project backer, with my thanks for your support!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    200 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    You get all of the above, and I'll also give you a copy of "Iron Age", the political strategy game that I invented as a critical thinking and social justice exercise for my students. Not just the plain-text Kindle edition - I'll give you the awesome illustrated print edition! See my web site for more info.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    116 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    You get all the previous rewards, and your choice of any of my other previous books. And I'll sign it for you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    I'll send you all the above, and in case you haven't got enough stuff to read I'll also send you a printed copy of my doctoral thesis, "Time and the Land: Four Approaches to Environmental Ethics, Climate Change, and Future Generations" (NUI Galway, 2005). This text is not published anywhere, and you can't download it from an archive, so it's a very limited edition.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)