The Deviant Philosopher provides users with four kinds of materials: area primers, unit plans, lesson plans, and class activities. Primers are toolkits designed to help an instructor who is new to a subject area get acquainted with it. Unit planslesson plans, and class activities are teaching plans suitable for various time periods within a course, ranging from a single discussion to full units of study. Instructors can draw from these to suit their own time constraints and emphases. Each item contains suggestions about how to integrate the material into a variety of philosophy courses. Though our plans are (largely) classroom tested, we encourage users to email us at and let us know how our plans are working out for them.

There are also many wonderful resources related to teaching deviant philosophy and teaching in general that may be useful.


Syllabus Topics

Suggested Papers


APA Committee on the Status of Women Website “Diversity in Philosophy” Page (link




Provides links to:

  • APA Syllabi on Underrepresented Areas of Philosophy
  • Diversifying Syllabi (Georgetown)
  • The Underrepresented Philosopher’s Database
  • The APA Diversity Syllabi Project

APA Syllabi on Underrepresented Areas of Philosophy (link)



Provides syllabi on the following areas (Note that some less obviously underrepresented areas are included because the syllabi provided include underrepresented areas)



The APA Diversity Syllabi Project (link)

Provides diverse syllabi on the following topics:

  • Adult Education
  • African Philosophy
  • Care
  • Philosophy of Disability
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Gender
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Justice
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Latin American Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law
  • LGBTQ Philosophy
  • Multicultural Ethical and Political Theory
  • Punishment
  • Race
  • Racism
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Sexism
  • Social and Political Philosophy



Diversifying Syllabi (Georgetown) (link)



Provides suggested readings in:

  • Bioethics
  • Epistemology/Knowledge
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy, Early Modern Period
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Personal Identity and the Self
  • Political Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • 20th Century Continental

With each suggested reading, a link to additional information is provided. The additional information includes:

  • Difficulty level of the paper
  • A summary
  • Key definitions
  • Suggested class activities
  • A list of complimentary texts
  • A list of texts that the paper could replace in a traditional syllabus


The UP (Underrepresented Philosopher Directory)





Provides a long list of self- (or other-) identified philosophers who are part of underrepresented groups. It also lists their areas of study.

Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduate curricula (link)



Contains a long list of papers by women on diverse (deviant and non-deviant) topics with difficulty level


African Philosophy Resources (link)


Contains links to syllabi


Contains links to explanations of key debates in (and about) African Philosophy and other resources

The American Society for Aesthetics Diversity Committee Grant (link)

Existing topics include:

  • What is art?
  • Theories of Aesthetics

Topics currently in development include:

  • Asian Aesthetics
  • The Aesthetics of Portraiture
  • Aesthetic Othering—The Case of Photographic Representation



Contains PDFs of curriculums developed by grant winners. Each one contains:

  • An explanation of the approach
  • An annotated bibliography

Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) (link)

Provides syllabi for East Asian Studies Generally. Philosophy (or partly philosophy multidisciplinary) syllabi include:



Provides units or lessons on various topics in “philosophy, thought, and religion,” including:


Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy (link)


Provides a syllabus on comparative ethics

Provides links to bibliographies

Provides links to articles about teaching comparative philosophy

Warp Weft and Way Teaching Resources (link)


Provides a few syllabi



Asia for Educators (link)




Has a “Lesson Plans” page under construction, and series of video lectures here:

Project Vox (link)


Provides syllabi on the following topics:

  • Rationalism vs. Empiricism
  • Philosophy and Science
  • Cartesianism and its aftermath
  • Theories of causation



Provides images, timelines, and guides to philosophers which include links to primary and secondary sources (including correspondences) and biographical information.

Provides modules on the following topics:

  • Cartesian mind-body dualism and substance monism (Princess Elisabeth, Conway, Cavendish)
  • Leibnizian metaphysics (Masham, Du Châtelet)
  • Knowledge, role of reason in theology (Locke and Masham)
  • Love and sociability (Astell and Masham)
  • Materialism (Hobbes and Cavendish)
  • Experimental / mechanical philosophy (Cavendish, Conway)
  • Relation between physics and metaphysics (Du Châtelet)
  • Substance (Leibniz, Conway, Du Châtelet)
  • Theories of causation (Masham, Conway, Du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth)
  • Theodicy (Leibniz and Conway)